Advanced Compact Particle Accelerators Funded by DOE

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide USD10 million over three years to advance particle accelerator technology for medical, security, energy, and industrial applications.

The DOE Accelerator Stewardship program has already helped reduce the cost and improve the quality of cancer therapy, advance non-chemical methods of destroying pathogens and toxic chemicals, and enhance security operations at border checkpoints.

Above – A 9 centimeter (4 inch) laser plasma accelerator module developed at the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Image: LBNL)

The development of novel compact accelerators will be tabletop size to up to several meters. These will help help make valuable accelerator technologies less expensive and more widely available.