Milan: Handmade Particle Accelerator
UK product designer Patrick Stevenson-Keating has created the world’s first handcrafted particle accelerator made from hand-blown glass.
Like a miniature version of the Large Hadron Collider – created by Swiss nuclear research organisation CERN – the Handmade Particle Accelerator fires a stream of electrons through a vacuum inside a glass bulb, before they collide with a phosphorous screen – creating a delicate purple glow.
The accelerator builds on Stevenson-Keating’s previous projects to communicate and illustrate complex science to the public. The project was commissioned by Super/Collider – a London-based non-profit agency that investigates science through art – as part of Hacked Milan, a fringe event at Milan Design Week 2012 that celebrates rebellious creativity.
Milan Design Week runs from April 17-22 2012. Look out for full Stylus coverage.
Photo: Alice Masters