Monday, January 05, 2009

Desktop Atom Smashers Could Replace LHC

This New Scientist article has a rather outlandish title. Still, it highlights an important area of accelerator research that I've mentioned a while back - the plasma wakefield accelerator mechanism.

This, and other mechanism (mainly the dielectric-loaded structure) are at the forefront of trying to find another way for accelerating structure to work not only more efficiently, but also cheaply. This is crucial for the continuation of experimental high energy physics that will always require higher energies to probe.


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