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Will this accleration break through change how scientist study particles?

The researchers believe their proton-based technique could allow us to create accelerators that are both smaller and more powerful in the future.
In the new study, the AWAKE Collaboration details its successful demonstration of using protons (and not electrons) to create this plasma wave. This switch to protons can propel particles to higher energy levels in a single accelerating stage, the researchers write — other forms of plasma wakefield acceleration require multiple stages to reach the same energy levels.
by Kristin Houser August 29, 2018 Hard Science
NEXT-LEVEL ACCELERATORS. Particle accelerators, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), are super useful. They can teach us about how the universe first formed, help us understand our world on a subatomic level, and help discover medical breakthroughs. And now, a group comprising of more than 80 engineers and physicists has successfully demonstrated a new technique that could make powerful accelerators even more accessible to researchers.

The group, known as the AWAKE Collaboration, published its research on Wednesday in the journal Nature.

RIDING THE PLASMA WAVE. A particle accelerator’s job is to increase the speed and energy of a beam of particles. Most particle accelerators do this by creating electric and magnetic fields that speed up and steer, respectively, the beams of particles along the length of the accelerator.

Once the particles are moving nice and fast, we can slam them into stuff, breaking them open in the process, giving us a glimpse into their inner-workings. This is useful for general physics research — we’re always trying to figure out more about the subatomic world — but accelerators also have applications within a number of industries, including medicine and energy.

A few accelerators, though, use a technique called plasma wakefield acceleration to speed up particles. An intense laser pulse or a group of electrons moving at just under the speed of light creates a wave in a plasma (a wakefield) on which particles can ride, like subatomic surfers, to increase their speed and energy.

In the new study, the AWAKE Collaboration details its successful demonstration of using protons (and not electrons) to create this plasma wave. This switch to protons can propel particles to higher energy levels in a single accelerating stage, the researchers write — other forms of plasma wakefield acceleration require multiple stages to reach the same energy levels.
The researchers believe their proton-based technique could allow us to create accelerators that are both smaller and more powerful in the future.
THIS IS THE EXCITING PART.
Though the AWAKE team’s research is still in its early stages, we now know that proton-based plasma wakefield acceleration is possible. That means we can start planning for a time when powerful accelerators are more widely available. And hopefully, that availability will lead to even more remarkable particle insights in the near future.
See link.

https://futurism.com/particle-accelerators-proton-wakefield/

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Yup, and it will change how many get the opportunity.
I wonder how much cheaper they'll be to build. That will determine how many are built.
It's always good when we find ways to build cheaper and more compact research tools.
That allows more heads with different perspectives to study any given subject.
Often it's somebody that no one really paid much attention to that makes a breakthrough.
Many of the big names in science were originally laughed at by their contemporaries.

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