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January 31, 2015
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Researchers hit milestone in accelerating particles with plasma

Technique is powerful, efficient enough to drive future particle accelerators Researchers from UCLA and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power … Continue reading

July 27, 2014
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A Path toward More Powerful Tabletop Accelerators

Laser light needn’t be as precise as previously thought to drive new breed of miniature particle accelerators, say Berkeley Lab researchers. Making a tabletop particle accelerator just got easier. A new study shows that certain requirements for the lasers used … Continue reading

December 8, 2013
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Laser Instrument on NASA Mars Rover Tops 100,000 Zaps

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has passed the milestone of 100,000 shots fired by its laser. It uses the laser as one way to check which chemical elements are in rocks and soils. The 100,000th shot was one of a series … Continue reading

April 27, 2013
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Rocket powered by nuclear fusion could send humans to Mars

Human travel to Mars has long been the unachievable dangling carrot for space programs. Now, astronauts could be a step closer to our nearest planetary neighbor through a unique manipulation of nuclear fusion, the same energy that powers the sun … Continue reading

March 31, 2013
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‘Sideline quasars’ helped to stifle early galaxy formation, says CU study

University of Colorado Boulder astronomers targeting one of the brightest quasars glowing in the universe some 11 billion years ago say “sideline quasars” likely teamed up with it to heat abundant helium gas billions of years ago, preventing small galaxy … Continue reading

November 4, 2012
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Measuring Table-Top Accelerators’ State-of-the-Art Beams

Studies by Berkeley Lab scientists of electron beam quality in laser plasma accelerators include novel tests for slice-energy spread Part Two: Slicing through the electron beam Wim Leemans of Berkeley Lab’s Accelerator and Fusion Research Division heads LOASIS, the Laser … Continue reading

October 29, 2012
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State-of-the-Art Beams from Table-Top Accelerators

Berkeley Lab’s lead in laser plasma acceleration research continues with new benchmarks for electron beam quality Part One: Focusing in on beam focus The rapidly evolving technology of laser plasma accelerators (LPAs) – called “table-top accelerators” because their length can … Continue reading

October 12, 2012
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Mug Handles Could Help Hot Plasma Give Lower-Cost, Controllable Fusion Energy

Researchers around the world are working on an efficient, reliable way to contain the plasma used in fusion reactors, potentially bringing down the cost of this promising but technically elusive energy source. A new finding from the University of Washington … Continue reading