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Particle Colliders Yield Big Results When Limiting Chaos
2014-06-30 03:19:44

American Institute of Physics When beams with trillions of particles go zipping around at near light speed, there's bound to be some chaos. Limiting that chaos in particle colliders is crucial for the groundbreaking results such experiments are designed to deliver. In a special focus issue of the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing, a physicist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) details an important method of detecting and correcting unwanted chaotic behavior in...

Tabletop Particle Accelerator Laser Light Does Not Have To Be As Powerful
2014-05-29 05:07:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Creating your own tabletop particle accelerator just got a little bit easier, according to scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), who report that the laser lights used in these miniature units do not have to be as precise as previously believed. When most people think of particle accelerators, things like the Large Hadron Collider that was used in the discovery of the Higgs boson come to mind....

Turning Light Into Matter: Scientists Say 80-Year-Old Theory Is Provable
2014-05-19 08:30:22

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online First theorized in 1934 by a pair of scientists – Gregory Breit and John Wheeler – turning light into matter was deemed a fantastical and equally impossible feat. By smashing two photons together at a high rate of speed, the scientists hypothesized that it could create an electron and a positron. An occurrence of such magnitude was deemed extremely rare and difficult to reproduce. So rare that it has never been observed in any...

Large Hadron Collider Predecessor May Be Four Times Larger, Much More Powerful
2014-02-21 14:27:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists gathered in Geneva, Switzerland last week to consider the possibility of building a particle accelerator four times the size of the current largest accelerator in the world. The scientists met not far from CERN, which hosts the largest particle accelerator known as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This accelerator has been made famous by its controversial discovery of the Higgs boson (God particle) a few years ago. While...

Earth's Van Allen Belts Thrust Particles To Near The Speed Of Light
2013-12-04 14:38:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes have led to another new discovery of Earth’s mysterious radiation belts. Researchers used data from the NASA spacecraft to reveal that the high-energy particles populating the Van Allen radiation belts can be accelerated to nearly the speed of light. This finding comes on the heels of a related discovery showing similar particle acceleration but on a microscopic, rather than planetary, scale. “The...

Accelerator On A Chip
2013-09-28 04:45:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new technique used by researchers from the US Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University could dramatically reduce the size of particle accelerators. The scientists used a laser to accelerate electrons at 10 times that of conventional technology, doing so in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice. Their breakthrough could result in new medical and scientific devices that...

New Magnet Set To Help LHC Reach New Heights
2013-07-15 04:55:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have successfully tested a powerful new magnet that will be playing a big role in developing a new beam for CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Researchers collaborated to build a powerful superconducting quadrupole magnet to increase LHC luminosity by an order of magnitude. This new system will help the LHC produce 10 times more high-energy collisions than it was originally designed for. The HQ02a is the latest in the...

Team Creates 2 GeV Laser-Plasma Accelerator
2013-06-20 18:49:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It lies in a tunnel with a 17-mile circumference 574-feet beneath mountains near Geneva, Switzerland. However, technology like this could one day be simply sitting on a tabletop. Physicists at the University of Texas at Austin have built a tabletop particle accelerator capable of potentially generating speeds up to 2...

LHC To Shut Down For Two Years
2013-02-16 10:08:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was officially shut down early Thursday morning, beginning a two-year period of repair and upgrades before the particle accelerator officially resumes its work in late 2014. According to Jason Palmer of BBC News, the LHC´s beams were “dumped” on the morning of February 14, but it wasn´t until Saturday morning the atom smasher´s more than 1,700 magnets reached room...


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