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This website, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provides a 1933 time-lapse photograph of a high-voltage electric discharge emitted by a Van de Graff generator.  The research applications that drove the development of this apparatus are described along with the technique used to generate such high voltages.  An image gallery provides additional photographs of the large structure.
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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
= Charge
= Electrostatic Machines
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
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image credit: Institute Archives and Special Collections, MIT Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts; image source; larger image This resource was a Physics To Go feature from March 16, 2008 until April 1, 2008. View the feature here!


Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2004 Institute Archives and Special Collections, MIT Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Keywords: Accelerator, Particle accelerator, Particle physics, Van de Graff, electrostatic charge, generator, ground, high voltage, negative, positive, static charge
Record Creator: Metadata instance created March 6, 2008 by Ann Deml
Record Updated: Dec 20, 2010 by Taha Mzoughi
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December 31, 2004
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AIP Format
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2004), WWW Document, (http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/exhibits/van-de-graaff/).
AJP/PRST-PER
The Van de Graaff Generator, 1933 (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 2004), <http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/exhibits/van-de-graaff/>.
APA Format
The Van de Graaff Generator, 1933. (2004, December 31). Retrieved August 1, 2014, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology: http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/exhibits/van-de-graaff/
Chicago Format
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Van de Graaff Generator, 1933. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, December 31, 2004. http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/exhibits/van-de-graaff/ (accessed 1 August 2014).
MLA Format
The Van de Graaff Generator, 1933. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004. 31 Dec. 2004. 1 Aug. 2014 <http://libraries.mit.edu/archives/exhibits/van-de-graaff/>.
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