By B. G. Sidharth
Presently after its inauguration in 1985 the Birla technological know-how Centre, Hyderabad, India, began a chain of lectures by way of Nobel Laureates and different scientists of foreign renown, totally on Physics and Astronomy. the current assortment usually contains lectures on frontier issues. The transcript of every lecture is preceded by means of a brief biography of the Nobel Laureate/Scientist in query. The lectures are geared toward a large non-specialist yet larger knowledgeable viewers.
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To observe these on an even smaller scale, we have to accelerate the particles to high energy. The reason is very fundamental: it is Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle that is at the basis of all modern physics. The uncertainty in position, multiplied by the uncertainty is momentum, cannot be smaller than Planck’s constant h. So, if we want precise position measurements to study small things, the momentum of the particles involved should not be too low, because this would imply a precise knowledge of momentum so that Heisenberg’s principle would be violated.
I think it is fair to say that we look up to members of the medical profession as experts. Well, more or less. But you know how it is. When you are ill, you go to your doctor. He diagnoses your problem, prescribes treatment and you do what he tells you. He is the expert. Well some time ago I sprained my left wrist. It was painful so I went to my doctor. He took X-rays and found it was not broken and was just a severe sprain. Then he dismissed me. ” I was ﬂabbergasted. ” Now I will return to my subject.
The high-frequency power can then be made by bunching this “drive beam” at the 30 GHz frequency and letting it pass through structures similar to those of the main linac (Fig. 8). In fact, this “drive linac” will operate like the main one, but inversely: the beam energy is transformed into high-frequency electromagnetic energy instead of the other way round. This is simply achieved by letting the beam pass at the moment when the ﬁeld decelerates it. 40 Simon van der Meer Fig. 8. Two-beam scheme for powering a linac.
A Century of Ideas: Perspectives from Leading Scientists of the 20th Century (Fundamental Theories of Physics) by B. G. Sidharth