Laser-plasma 'tabletop' particle accelerator sets record

December 9, 2014 4:38 PM

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Laser-plasma 'tabletop' particle accelerator sets record

"It’s similar to the way that a surfer gains speed when skimming down the face of a wave," Berkeley Lab officials wrote.

It can produce acceleration energy of roughly 4.25 giga-electron volts -- a record for laser-plasma accelerators and more than 1,000 times as powerful as a larger standard particle accelerator.

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