Tiny accelerators get electrons up to speed using lasers

One day, powerful particle accelerators might fit in your pocket.

Two teams of physicists have built tiny structures that both accelerate electrons and keep them confined in a manageable beam, instead of spewing them willy-nilly. That’s a first for such mini accelerators, and a crucial step toward making these devices more useful and widespread.

“One of the main problems with particle accelerators … is that they’re too big and they’re too expensive,” says physicist Jared Maxson of Cornell University, who was not involved with the new research. Miniaturizing the devices means scientists could make high-energy electrons on a tabletop, Maxson says. That could open up new possibilities for medicine

→ Continue reading at Science News

More from author

Related posts


Latest posts

Finding Success With A Healthy Mindset For Entrepreneurs

Before he became a household name as a global adventurer, TV host, motivational speaker and best-selling author, Leon Logothetis was living a seemingly charmed...

UPenn crisis deepens: Former trustee calls for president to resign as donors bail | CNN Business

New York CNN Business  —  Former University of Pennsylvania trustee Vahan Gureghian is calling for Liz Magill, the Ivy...

Delta loyalty program backlash: Airline backtracks on some changes after an uproar from customers | CNN Business

CNN  —  Delta Air Lines is easing off some recent changes to its SkyMiles loyalty program that sparked...