Solving big problems with small accelerators: from colliders to medical devices based on laser plasma accelerators

Date: 
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 4:15pm
Location: 
Room #1 LeConte Hall
Author/Speaker: 
Affiliation: 
LBNL
Public Lecture: 
Yes
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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.