Contact: Andy Freeberg
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Caption: This animation shows how our accelerator on a chip uses laser light to boost electron energy. In the accelerator-on-a-chip experiments, electrons are first accelerated to near light-speed in a conventional accelerator. Then they are focused into a tiny, half-micron-high channel within a glass chip just half a millimeter long. The channel had been patterned with precisely spaced nanoscale ridges. Infrared laser light shining on the pattern generates electrical fields that interact with the electrons in the channel to boost their energy.
Credit: Greg Stewart, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
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