FLASHForward accelerates first electron bunches

The plasma accelerator project FLASHForward achieved an important milestone in January: for the first time, the facility's high-power laser accelerated electron bunches in a plasma cell. Later in the operational phase, the ...

A plasma tube to bring particles up to speed at SLAC

A team led by scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has reached another milestone in developing a promising technology for accelerating ...

New discovery could enable portable particle accelerators

Conventional particle accelerators are typically big machines that occupy a lot of space. Even at more modest energies, such as that used for cancer therapy and medical imaging, accelerators need large rooms to accommodate ...

Physicists hit milestone in accelerating particles with plasma

Scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient ...