Laser-powered particle accelerators could cut costs

May 27, 2014 5:30 PM

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Laser-powered particle accelerators could cut costs

Particle accelerators powered by lasers rather than radio-frequency (RF) waves could help lower the cost of high-energy physics research, according to a new study.

Traditional particle accelerators, such as the Large Hadron Collider, use high-power radio-frequency waves to energize particles, but another method scientists have grappled with over the last two decades is blasting a powerful laser beam into a plasma to accelerate particles.

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