Improving benchtop particle accelerators

Washington DC (SPX) Mar 28, 2016

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which helped scientists discover the Higgs boson, is a huge instrument buried under the Swiss-French border. It needs 27 kilometers of track to accelerate particles close to the speed of light before smashing them together. Yet there’s another type of particle accelerator, called a laser wakefield accelerator, that requires only a fraction of the distance of conv —> Read More

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