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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...

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...

Measuring State Of The Art Beams In Table Top Accelerator
2012-10-25 09:00:23

Studies by Berkeley Lab scientists of electron beam quality in laser plasma accelerators include novel tests for slice-energy spread Part Two: Slicing through the electron beam Wim Leemans of Berkeley Lab´s Accelerator and Fusion Research Division heads LOASIS, the Laser and Optical Accelerator Systems Integrated Studies, an oasis indeed for students pursuing graduate studies in laser plasma acceleration (LPA). Among the most promising applications of future table-top accelerators...

Table Top Accelerators To State Of The Art Beams
2012-10-22 15:34:11

Berkeley Lab´s lead in laser plasma acceleration research continues with new benchmarks for electron beam quality Part One: Focusing in on beam focus The rapidly evolving technology of laser plasma accelerators (LPAs) — called “table-top accelerators” because their length can be measured in centimeters instead of kilometers — promises a new breed of machines, far less expensive and with far less impact on the land and the environment than today´s...

BELLA Laser Achieves One Pulse Per Second For World Record Power
2012-07-27 12:07:54

BELLA Laser Achieves One Pulse Per Second For World Record Power As Berkeley Lab´s laser plasma accelerator project BELLA nears completion, its drive laser has delivered one petawatt — a quadrillion watts — of peak power once each second, a world record for laser performance On the night of July 20, 2012, the laser system of the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA), which is nearing completion at the U.S. Department of Energy´s Lawrence Berkeley National...

Image 1 - Brightest Gamma Ray On Earth For A Safer, Healthier World
2011-09-19 10:45:51

  Ray more than a thousand billion times brighter than the sun The brightest gamma ray beam ever created- more than a thousand billion times more brilliant than the sun- has been produced in research led at the University of Strathclyde- and could open up new possibilities for medicine. Physicists have discovered that ultra-short duration laser pulses can interact with ionized gas to give off beams that are so intense they can pass through 20 cm of lead and would take 1.5 m of...

2011-03-23 09:09:23

Berkeley Lab scientists accelerate calculations a million times As conventional accelerators like CERN's Large Hadron Collider grow ever more vast and expensive, the best hope for the high-energy machines of the future may lie in "tabletop" accelerators like BELLA (the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator), now being built by the LOASIS program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). BELLA, a laser-plasma wakefield accelerator, is remarkably compact....

2009-11-02 10:15:32

A time-varying bubble of electron density in the wake of an ultra-intense laser pulse traps the ambient plasma electrons and accelerates them to high energy producing collimated monoenergetic beams for medical, technological, and physics applications. ATLANTA"”Particle accelerators are among the largest and most expensive scientific instruments. Thirty years ago, theorists John Dawson and Toshiki Tajima proposed an idea for making them thousands of times smaller: surf the particles on...

2009-11-02 09:58:18

Scientists leverage special relativity to speed up computational modeling and open a new era for designing advanced laser-plasma accelerators Using Einstein's theory of special relativity to speedup computer simulations, scientists have designed laser-plasma accelerators with energies of 10 billion electron volts (GeV) and beyond. These systems, which have not been simulated in detail until now, could in the future serve as a compact new technology for particle colliders and energetic light...