Micro Hadron Collider: a Miniature Model Particle Accelerator Made From Trash

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Introduction: Micro Hadron Collider: a Miniature Model Particle Accelerator Made From Trash

It's a micro sized version of the LHC! I built it out of trash such as bottlecaps and scrap wire pieces. It comes with miniature toy physicists, and even has photon radiating action!

Step 1: Materials

Materials: Be creative. For the main body, use whatever items you can find to create a cylindrical shape. You will want to include a small keychain flashlight for "photon radiating action." Also, decorate it with whatever old electronic parts you can find to make it look particle-accelerator-y. I found some bits of wire, ribbon cable, Christmas light bulbs, and metal discs from a hard drive. To attach pieces together, use an adhesive of your choice.

Step 2: Assemble the Collider

I first made holes in bottle caps to accomodate the flashlight. Make sure the light shines through the front. I added the metal discs (which I wrapped with some copper wire for looks) to the front. Adding more bottle caps created a cylindrical shape. I decorated the outside with wire, ribbon cable, and Christmas light bulbs.

Step 3: Stand and Mini Physicists

I built a stand by cutting and bending two mini Altoids tins into a curved shape that the particle accelerator can rest on. I glued these to a sheet of plastic. To make mini physicists, I twisted two bits of wire together into an X shape for the body with arms and legs,then added a drop of hot glue for the head. Mini engineers and interns can be made in a similar manner.

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    AmpOwl
    AmpOwl

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I'd like to try to make a model of the ATLAS detector sometime. I'll look up what it does so that I can replicate a small scale version of its function. (Americium from a smoke detector for real radiation?)

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    kelseymh
    kelseymh

    Reply 9 years ago on Wikipedia article is a good start. Note that much of the actual detector technology isn't going to scale well to a model (it's big because it has to be big).

    There are a few decent I'bles which document how to build particle detectors of various kinds. Am-241 is a beta source with few MeV electrons, so all you can really use as a detector is a cloud chamber (easy) or wire proportional chamber (hard). Cosmic rays are more energetic (100 MeV to several GeV muons), so you have more choices there.

    Good luck!

    daniosaur
    daniosaur

    9 years ago

    now I just need to find out how to put this into my chest.

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    AmpOwl
    AmpOwl

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I suppose you could just make the front part and put a thinner keychain light behind it. You could probably stick it on your chest using the kind of tape and glue they use for movie makeup. I don't recommend duct tape, though. That would hurt.