Scientists at the Berkeley Lab create particle accelerator with highest energy level ever

December 9, 2014 4:16 PM

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California have found a new way of accelerating subatomic particles to the highest ever energy levels recorded from a compact accelerator. They have set a new world record by exciting these particles to an energy gradient which is almost 1,000 times that of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

This feat was accomplished by using a specialized petawatt laser and charged-particle gas combination to accelerate electrons inside a plasma tube to an energy of 4.25 giga-electron volts, told the Berkeley Lab. The class of particle accelerators that were thus produced are capable of shrinking the ...

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