Princeton University's 18 million volt cyclotron was virtually destroyed by fire during the early morning hours of February 22. Although the precise cause could not be determined, the heavy oil used to cool the copper generating coils that provided the instrument's electrical field somehow was ignited. An estimated 800 gallons of oil was contained in tanks above and below the orbit in which accelerated particles were made to travel.
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April 01 1950
Princeton cyclotron destroyed
Physics Today 3 (4), 30 (1950);
Burned. Physics Today 1 April 1950; 3 (4): 30. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3066855
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