SLAC public lecture on particle accelerators on May 24

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 24, 2011

SLAC public lecture poster

Christopher McGuinness of the the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is giving a public lecture – Particle Accelerator on a Chip – on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm in Panofsky Auditorium at SLAC in Menlo Park. What you’ll learn: “Accelerators are huge and expensive tubes miles long that produce high energy particles to smash protons and make intense X-ray beams. 21st-century technology has taken us from the room sized ENIAC to microprocessors that fit in your pocket. Can it do the same for particle accelerators? We could use fiber optics or silicon crystals to build the particle pathways, and high-power lasers as the driver. In this lecture, we will show how we are assembling these systems at SLAC to build the accelerator on a chip.”

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