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Electrons hang ten on laser wake

Electrons can be accelerated by making them surf a laser-driven plasma wave. High acceleration rates, and now the production of well-populated, high-quality beams, signal the potential of this table-top technology.

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Figure 1: Wakefield acceleration.


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