Berkeley Lab Blasts Accelerator World Record. 4.25 Giga-Electron Volts

December 9, 2014 3:37 PM

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Precise control of one of the most powerful lasers in the world was required to accelerate electrons to the highest energies ever recorded using a compact accelerator. What kind of laser are we talking? A petawatt laser. Yeah, that probably isn’t used to play with cats.

The laser-plasma accelerator is a new class of particle accelerators. Physicists believe the miles-long accelerators will be a thing of the past soon. These suckers can fit right on your table.

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