In 1957, the National Institute for Research in Nuclear Science decided to establish ‘Rutherford High Energy Laboratory’, now known as Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The main facilities of this laboratory were to be NIMROD, a proton synchrotron used to explore the structure of sub-nuclear matter and a 50 MeV proton linear accelerator. The annual RAL reports from the years 1957 to 1972 details progress of these facilities being build and the experiments that were carried out at the laboratory, especially particle physics experiments. These reports show RAL becoming home to some of the UK’s most incredible science. Since RAL’s inception, the site has been the core of particle research. The PPD Twitter page is currently posting a series of highlights covering the early history of RAL.
The first tweet of the thread can be viewed here: https://twitter.com/PPD_STFC/status/1481673597915697157.
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