New methods to control how laser pulses propagate inside a plasma could signify the start of a global race to demonstrate truly high-energy compact particle accelerators.
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Shalloo, R.J., Mangles, S.P.D. Faster laser pulses boost plasma accelerators. Nat. Photonics 14, 470–471 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-020-0670-5