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Accelerator physics

In the wake of success

Particle accelerators tend to be large and expensive. But an alternative technology, which could result in more compact, cheaper machines, is proving its viability for the acceleration of subatomic particles.

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Figure 1: The wake created by a boat is a familiar image, but it is also the inspiration for a new type of particle accelerator.


Figure 2: Beam-driven plasma acceleration.


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Bingham, R. In the wake of success. Nature 424, 258–259 (2003).

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