Injection kicker magnets

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Injection kicker magnets are dipole magnets used to "kick" an incoming particle beam into a circular accelerator called a synchrotron. The magnets are powered by a high voltage (usually in the range of tens of thousands of volts) source called a power modulator that produce a short pulse of current (usually in the range of a few billionths of a second to about one millionth of a second long and thousands of amperes in amplitude). The current produces a magnetic field in the magnet, that in turn imparts a Lorentz force on the particles as they traverse the magnet's length, causing the beam to deflect into the proper trajectory to be stored in the synchrotron ring.