[Physics Colloquium] Solving Big Problems with Small Accelerators: From Colliders to Medical Devices Based on Laser Plasma Accelerators

Seminar | January 30 | 4:15-5 p.m. | LeConte Hall, Lecture Hall 1

 Wim Leemans, Director, Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division, LBNL

 Department of Physics

We will discuss the progress on building laser powered, plasma based particle accelerators where electrons surf on waves and can reach energy levels in a few inches that, if one relies on conventional methods, would require machines multiple football fields long. Although many challenges remain, this new technology is at the brink of offering a profoundly different way in which we may build particle accelerators such as used in future colliders or in medical cancer therapy devices.

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