Cockcroft-Walton Column generator, CERN, 1990s.
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Cockcroft-Walton Column. 800 kV generator used for the pre-acceleration of protons before injection into the linear accelerator (LINAC). Accelerators are machines where charged particle beams are accelerated to high energies. Founded in 1954, CERN is the world's leading particle physics research laboratory, and one of Europe's first joint ventures.