The Westinghouse Atom Smasher – one of the most pivotal parts of our history in nuclear research in not only the United States, but the entire world. This accelerator worked by static electricity from a Van de Graaff generator, which was invented by Robert J. Van de Graaff in 1929. A Van de Graaff generator is something you’re most likely familiar with. Many science museums and classrooms across the country have them. They’re those little orbs, which emit static electricity and make your hair stand up when you touch them. These are the basis of how the Westinghouse Atom Smasher operated for nearly 80 years.
The large nuclear accelerator was operated by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s research facility, and can be noted as a staple of the atomic age.