Smallest particle accelerator in the world!

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As far as technology goes, miniaturisation seems to be the order of the day, and now it has come to the world of particle acceleration. These tiny nanofabricated silica chips – just three millimetres (0.12 inches) in length – have been used by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University scientists to speed electrons up ten times faster than traditional tech allows. Although there’s still a lot more research to be done, it’s hoped this could herald much smaller and cheaper particle colliders as well as more compact X-ray equipment.