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    I’m not sure where this article on laser plasma accelerators (LPAs) would fit best. The nice thing is that they could be used as diagnostic tools or power tools.


    While the actual accelerating structure is only 3.3 cm, the laser that drives the acceleration is the size of a two car garage. The huge advantage of LPA is size of the accelerating gradient typically measured in V/m. The LPA could reach 100E9 V/m while the best RF structures will never exceed 100E6 V/m due to material limits. Whether the LPA will be man portable like a power tool or vehicle portable is yet to be determined. It is exciting work doing some really great physics.

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