These papers document Caltech's building of a one-billion volt (1 BeV) electron accelerator, the synchrotron. Funded by the
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the project marked the beginning of high energy physics at Caltech. The records consist of
photos, technical notes, reports, conference proceedings, and proposals to the Atomic Energy Commission.
In the Spring of 1949, the Institute announced plans to build a one-billion volt ("1
BeV") electron accelerator. Robert Bacher, chairman of Caltech's Physics Division,
stated: "The purpose of the new accelerator will be to seek additional knowledge about
the nature of the forces that hold atomic nuclei together." The new accelerator, the
synchrotron, would be the most powerful machine of its type ever built. The funding of
the project by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission marked the beginning of high energy
physics at Caltech.
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