Electrostatic Potential
Electricity and Magnetism

Giant Van de Graaff

Stories from Physics for 11-14 14-16 IOP RESOURCES

The world’s largest Van de Graaff generator is housed in Boston’s Museum of Science and has two 4.5 m diameter spheres mounted on 7.6 m poles. The device is capable of generating a potential of 7 MV, over thirty times the output of a typical classroom Van de Graaff generator that can reach 200 kV.


Electrostatic Potential
is used in analyses relating to Electric Field
can be analysed using the quantity Work
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