Mighty Particle Accelerator Fits on a Tabletop
Physicists at The Univ. of Texas at Austin have built a tabletop particle accelerator that can generate energies and speeds previously reached only by major facilities that are hundreds of meters long and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build.
“We have accelerated about half a billion electrons to two gigaelectronvolts over a distance of about one inch,” says Mike Downer, professor of physics in the College of Natural Sciences. “Until now that degree of energy and focus has required a conventional accelerator that stretches more than the length of two football fields. It’s a downsizing of a factor of approximately 10,000.”
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