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Could plasma-surfing electrons star in future particle accelerators?
Could plasma-surfing electrons star in future particle accelerators?

To find the tiny subatomic particle known as the Higgs boson, scientists had to build an accelerator with a 17-mile circumference -- but with a little unconventional technology, such giant machines could one day be a thing of the past. A team led by researchers at Stanford's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has used a plasma-based device that’s just a few inches longer than a paper-towel tube to punch particles up to energies 500 times higher than they could reach in the same distance in a typical accelerator. “What might take you hundreds of meters to do in a regular machine, you can do in the space of just a meter, or a couple of feet,” said study coauthor...

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