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BERYLLIUM BEAM PIPES FOR HIGH ENERGY PARTICLE ACCELERATOR RESEARCH


Materion designs and builds beryllium beam pipes that are advancing particle physics research around the world. Most notably, we have partnered with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known more commonly as CERN.

High-energy physics requires advanced materials and components that provide consistency and stability. Essential components for this physics research include long beam pipes which are required to transport the beamline through the particle accelerator and large-diameter ultra high vacuum (UHV) chambers.

Presented at the Second International Particle Accelerator Conference, read about the advantages of using beryllium for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC). 

MATERION MANUFACTURES BEAM PIPE USED IN CERN’S LARGE HADRON COLLIDER

 

BERYLLIUM PROVIDES THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF PROPERTIES FOR BEAM PIPES

In high-energy physics research, there is no room for compromising on the quality and capabilities of component materials. With its low atomic mass and high transparency to sub-atomic particles, beryllium is unrivaled for high-energy physics and is a frequently used material for windows in X-ray equipment and equipment components for high-energy physics.

Our beryllium material and manufacturing capabilities offer numerous advantages for particle accelerators including:

  • High heat capacity (melting point of 1,287°C)
  • High thermal conductivity
  • Favorable coefficient of thermal expansion of 11.5
  • High strength but lightweight (1.85 g/cm3 density)
  • Tight tolerances on roundness and straightness

BERYLLIUM BEAM PIPE DIMENSIONS

  • Beam pipes lengths can be made from 25 mm to 10 meters (1 inch to 30 feet)
  • Outside diameter from 12.5 to 600 mm (0.5 to 24 inches)
  • Beam pipe thicknesses from 0.25 to 2.5 mm (0.01 to 0.1 inches)

Read the data sheet for more on our beam pipe capabilities.

Materion is trusted by CERN for particle accelerator beam pipes, and we are an integrated global producer of beryllium components that help advance the most cutting-edge research in the world.

Talk with an Electrofusion engineer or get more technical data for your next advanced research project.