Revolutionary Particle Accelerator Using Waves of Plasma Unveiled

November 6, 2014 10:25 AM

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Scientists have unveiled a theory according to which a technique for accelerating particles on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more economical particle accelerators. Scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power a new generation of shorter, more economical accelerators.

The new system, called a Wakefield accelerator, could allow scientists to make tiny but powerful particle colliders that could fit on any university campus. That, in turn, could make it feasible to look for as-yet-unknown subatomic particles lurking in the universe. This achievement is a milestone i...

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