Plasma accelerator – the know-how of Russian physicists

In the laboratory of INP

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland amazes imagination not only with its huge capabilities, but also in size. To ensure that the particles “have reached the required condition”, they must be properly “driven” along the main 27-kilometer ring. The technology developed by physicists from Novosibirsk will allow to minimize the last parameter, for which the plasma will be used as the accelerating factor.

According to the representative of the Institute for Nuclear Research Konstantin Lotov, only a few centimeters in the plasma environment are sufficient to allow the particles to “gain” a few gigaelectronvolts.

Now Russian scientists together with colleagues from CERN are working on the problem of exciting a plasma wave with the help of protons, after which, after capturing particles, it must accelerate them to a speed 10 times higher than that of conventional accelerators.

If successful, the accelerators created using the new technology will become much more compact, cheaper and more effective than those currently in operation, which will certainly expand the possibilities of science.

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