VISNEWS filmed at the Nuclear Physics Division, Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston, June 1 during a Press visit.
SV PAN DOWN..Model of the giant 12 M eV Tandem accelerator.
CU PAN DOWN..Ditto, shows model man for size comparison.
SV PAN DOWN..The base of the model.
LV The investigation room on the ground floor.
CU PAN..M an with stop watch times counters etc.,
SV The main control room on the ground floor.
SCU Closed circuit television of counters etc.,
CU "Danger" sign.
SV PAN..The 20 MV Spectrometer.
SV the multichannel spectrograph.
LV PAN UP..Technicians climb up side of pressure tube.
SV Analysing magnets at base of accelerator.
LV The target room on the 1st floor.
SV Technician pour liquid hydrogen from container.
CU "Danger" sign.
SV On the 2nd floor a technician climbs from inspection port in side of accelerator.
AV PAN DOWN..Interior of giant pressure vessel viewed from the 2nd floor.
LV On the 3rd floor, the top of the pressure vessel.
SV Technician peers into beam.
SV The top floor, technician at controls of accelerator.
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Background: VISNEWS filmed at the Nuclear Physics Division, Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston, June 1 during a Press visit.
Members of the Press were shown research equipment and some of the activities at this leading British research centre - the Nuclear Physics Research Division, - now under the direction of Dr. N. Levin, who succeeded Sir William Penney.
Formed with the object of obtaining technical data of the Defence Programme, the Division provides information of much value in other fields of activity.
A notable piece of equipment on view was the 12 M eV Tandem Van de Graaff electrostatic generator, largest of its kind in the world, designed to open up a new region in which the properties of nuclear may be studied.
This Large machine is housed in a tower containing four floors. (see in the film, together with a model of the whole installation). On the first floor is the Target Room, the top of the pressure vessel being on the third floor. In the ground floor investigation Room are numerous instruments giving information on the work being done by the generator. The fourth floor houses the controls.
A MeV - million electron volts - is the energy acquired by an electron or equal charge in going through a potential of one million volts. On the atomic scale such an energy is enormous, and by comparison the energies liberated during chemical reactions are of the order of a few electron volts. The tandem generator was designed by A.W.R.E. in collaboration with Harwell research establishment and Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co. Ltd.