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Hi! Would it be possible to create a sort of "homemade particle accelerator" if one was to take a solenoid, bend it around in a circle, run some electricity through it so a magnetic field could be produced in the solenoid, and have particles race around the circle? Just a thought... Thanks for your answers!
Question Date: 2010-04-15
Answer 1:

Your physics questions are getting beyond my knowledge here - inside of your solenoid, the charged particles would be moving parallel to the field, which wouldn't accelerate them - but if they started moving in a direction away from through the solenoid, they would get bent back, possibly into the path. I don't know how well the geometry works, though...

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