Researchers Build A Particle Accelerator On A Chip

September 29, 2013 6:40 AM

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Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a cool innovation that could make particle accelerators much smaller than they are today. Using a laser, they successfully accelerated electrons in a chip about 3 mm long. These findings have been published in Nature.

Particle accelerators do exactly what they say on the tin – they move different kinds of subatomic particles very, very quickly. And while we normally think of particle accelerators in the area of high-energy physics, like the Large Hadron Collider. But they’re also used in a number of practical app...

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