The incredible shrinking particle accelerator finds a home on an integrated photonics chip
Particle accelerators that propel fundamental particles to very high speeds have opened a new window to the building blocks of the universe. Currently, almost all ground-breaking revelations have come from the very few and very large particle accelerators around the world. Shrinking these devices to hand-held portable systems will not only make them accessible to thousands of labs, thus accelerating research, but also pave the way for important applications in fields ranging from healthcare and security to environmental protection. The EU-funded AccelOnChip project is on its way to delivering a miniature particle accelerator on an integrated photonics chip. This work will revolutionise accelerator-based research and applications, placing Europe at the forefront of an emerging scientific and technological field of high socio-economic relevance.
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