ANN ARBOR --- University of Michigan researchers have announced a new method to accelerate ions, using powerful light from a table-top laser instead of the radio-frequency waves that have been used for ion acceleration ever since Ernest O. Lawrence invented the cyclotron more than 60 years ago. The new technique allows them to accelerate ions in almost a million-times shorter distance than a cyclotron, which uses huge electro-magnets to accelerate atomic particles around a circular path before releasing them at a target.
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