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Transformative ‘Green’ Accelerator Achieves World’s First 8-pass Full Energy Recovery

January 22, 2020

Successful demonstration paves the way for unprecedented applications in science, industry, and medicine. Scientists from Cornell University and…
This image, magnified 25,000 times, shows a section of an accelerator-on-a-chip. The gray structures focus infrared laser light (shown in yellow and purple) on electrons flowing through the center channel. By packing 1,000 channels onto an inch-sized chip, Stanford researchers hope to accelerate electrons to 94 percent of the speed of light. Image credit: Courtesy Neil Sapra/Stanford University
Researchers build a particle accelerator that fits on a chip

January 3, 2020

Just as engineers once compressed some of the power of room-sized mainframes into desktop PCs, so too have…
Machine Learning Enhances Light-Beam Performance at the Advanced Light Source

November 9, 2019

Successful demonstration of algorithm by Berkeley Lab-UC Berkeley team shows technique could be viable for scientific light sources…
U.S. ATLAS Phase I Upgrade Completed

October 1, 2019

Major upgrades to the ATLAS experiment at CERN will give unprecedented insight into open physics questions The ATLAS…
KATRIN Cuts the Mass Estimate for the Elusive Neutrino in Half

September 17, 2019

Berkeley Lab researchers, supercomputing center contribute to latest results. An international team of scientists that includes researchers at…
Particle Accelerators Drive Decades of Discoveries at Berkeley Lab and Beyond – Video

August 28, 2019

Berkeley Lab’s expertise in accelerator technologies has spiraled out from Ernest Lawrence’s earliest cyclotron to advanced compact accelerators.…
New Concept for High Quality Plasma Accelerators

August 9, 2019

Two-stage acceleration could dramatically enhance beam quality. DESY scientists have proposed a new concept for so-called plasma accelerators…
Cleaner cruises thanks to particle accelerators

August 7, 2019

Latvian tugboat provides first test-bed for new technology to clean exhausts from ships. Maritime traffic is the single…
SuperKEKB Phase 3 (Belle II Physics Run) Starts

March 14, 2019

On March 11th, 2019, Phase 3 operation of the SuperKEKB project began successfully, marking a major milestone in…
Metamaterials for Next-Generation Accelerators

January 23, 2019

An experiment at the Argonne Wakefield Accelerator demonstrates the potential of a novel metamaterial structure to yield higher…
CERN is Planning to Build a Much Larger Particle Collider. Much, Much, Larger.

January 18, 2019

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, wants to build a particle collider that will dwarf the Large…
Startup Time for Ion Collisions Exploring the Phases of Nuclear Matter

January 8, 2019

19th year of operations at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider will continue search for critical point in transition…
Brookhaven Delivers Innovative Magnets for New Energy-Recovery Accelerator

January 3, 2019

Test accelerator under construction at Cornell will reuse energy, running beams through multi-pass magnets that help keep size…
‘Optical rocket’ created with intense laser light

September 18, 2018

Physics professor Donald Umstadter, who led the research, said the new application might aptly be called an “optical…
Princeton to lead new software institute to enable discoveries in high-energy physics

September 7, 2018

The institute will develop computing software and expertise to enable a new era of discovery at the world’s…
Electrons ride plasma wave

September 3, 2018

There is a good chance that soon a new door will open to physicists, offering them new insights…
World record – Low-draft electron bunches drive high plasma wakes

August 13, 2018

Scientists achieve highest ratio of acceleration to deceleration in plasma wakes yet. Scientists at DESY have achieved a…
Study reveals electron accelerator in thundercloud was destroyed by lightning

July 16, 2018

An international research group including University of Tokyo researchers revealed that the electron-acceleration mechanism inside a thundercloud was…
FLASHForward makes waves

June 26, 2018

Electron beam generates strong wakefield in plasma at DESY for the first time. The plasma accelerator project FLASHForward…
Flavor of the moment: crashing together charged particles in a new way

June 6, 2018

Particle accelerators are powerful devices that use electromagnetic fields to propel charged particles like electrons or protons at…
University of Alberta cyclotron could supply province’s demand for medical isotopes

May 16, 2018

University of Alberta scientists have taken a critical step towards supplying Alberta’s demand for medical isotopes. Researchers at…
Small Accelerator Promises Big Returns

March 19, 2018

Under construction in the US, the CBETA multi-turn energy-recovery linac will pave the way for accelerators that combine…
High-Performance Computing Cuts Particle Collision Data Prep Time

November 29, 2017

New approach to raw data reconstruction has potential to turn particle tracks into physics discoveries faster For the…
New Study: Scientists Narrow Down the Search for Dark Photons Using Decade-Old Particle Collider Data

November 8, 2017

In its final years of operation, a particle collider in Northern California was refocused to search for signs…
Successful Test of Small-Scale Accelerator with Big Potential Impacts for Science and Medicine

August 17, 2017

“Fixed-field” accelerator transports multiple particle beams at a wide range of energies through a single beam pipe An…
Physicists Leapfrog Accelerators with Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays

November 6, 2016

An international team of physicists has developed a pioneering approach to using Ultrahigh Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECRs)—the highest…
The world’s newest atom-smasher achieves its ‘first turns’

March 3, 2016

PNNL leads U.S. contribution to Belle II detector at Japan’s new SuperKEKB accelerator One of the world’s top…
Building an LHC in your backyard? All you need to support physics is a PC

November 3, 2015

Whether you have a passion for physics, general desire to push the boundaries of science, or have no…
Heavy-duty neutron accelerators paint promising future for UW-Madison spinoff

September 25, 2015

A Madison manufacturer of the world’s most powerful commercial neutron generators is awaiting final regulatory approval for its…
Fermilab plays part in NSF

September 15, 2015

Particle accelerators shape our everyday lives. They are powerful tools in medical diagnosis and treatment. They were used…
Tiny Drops of Early Universe ‘Perfect’ Fluid

September 2, 2015

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a particle collider for nuclear physics research at the U.S. Department of…
Antimatter Catches a Wave at SLAC

September 1, 2015

A study led by researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the…
Physics in a Nutshell: Phase stability

August 7, 2015

In an earlier column I attempted to make a convincing argument that the best way to accelerate particles…
A miniature accelerator to treat cancer

July 28, 2015

ERN, home of the 27-kilometre Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is developing a new particle accelerator just two metres…
Turning up the energy

June 12, 2015

In my last column we began building a practical particle accelerator by stringing a series of radio-frequency cavities…
High hopes as Large Hadron Collider pumps protons to ever higher energy

June 4, 2015

Physicists from UC Berkeley and around the world hope for new and fundamental discoveries as the world’s most powerful particle…
Smaller LHC collaborations to analyse collisions at 13 TeV

June 2, 2015

Some 100 metres underground, on the 27-kilometre ring of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), sit four experiments the…
Used MRI magnets get a second chance at life in high-energy physics experiments

May 23, 2015

When it comes to magnets, a doctor’s trash is a physicist’s treasure. Researchers at the U.S. Department of…
Partnership for finding particles

May 9, 2015

A new agreement between the United States and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will pave the…
Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?

April 22, 2015

Traditionally, particle accelerators have relied on electric fields generated by radio waves to drive electrons and other particles…
Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider Smashes Record for Polarized Proton Luminosity at 200 GeV Collision Energy

April 17, 2015

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), a powerful particle accelerator for nuclear physics research at the U.S. Department of…
Particle beams and the scattering process

April 17, 2015

Much of the information we gather from the physical world comes to us by a scattering process. Scattering…
U.S. Scientists Celebrate the Restart of the Large Hadron Collider

April 7, 2015

On 5th of April the world’s most powerful particle accelerator began its second act. After two years of…
James Olsen: Perspective on the world’s biggest particle collider coming online again

April 2, 2015

Olsen is the physics co-coordinator for the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the world’s biggest particle collider,…
How accelerators help us to see further

February 18, 2015

Light is a bridge between reality and ourselves, and accelerators help us to ‘see’ beyond our natural vision.…
Grants Give Particle Accelerator Technologies a Boost

February 13, 2015

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Cancer Institute announced several research grants for innovation…
Fermilab contributes to SLAC LCLS-II with cutting-edge technology and expertise

February 12, 2015

Now one year into its five-year construction plan, the Linac Coherent Light Source II, an electron accelerator project…
Electromagnets and their larger cousins in particle accelerators

January 23, 2015

Magnets are something most of us are familiar with, but you may not know that magnets are an…
PXIE progress: LEBT successfully delivers maximum current

December 22, 2014

Fermilab has paved the first few feet of the long road to a dramatic upgrade of its injection…
Digging begins for Fermilab’s Muon g-2 and Mu2e beamlines

December 10, 2014

This month construction has commenced on beamline tunnel extensions for Fermilab’s two muon experiments, Mu2e and Muon g-2.…
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