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Stanford U's Fingernail-sized 'Particle-Accelerator on a Chip'; Glimmer of Hope amidst the Police State Lunacy?

Or more toys for DARPA et al?

"Our sponsor of this work is DARPA [the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency], and DARPA wants us to develop an accelerator and an X-ray source that can be portable so that you could carry the X-ray machine into the field and use it to provide medical care for injured soldiers," said Robert Byer, principal investigator of the study. - CSM, 9/30/2013

Accelerator on a Chip

http://youtu.be/7DaXx-warNM
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SLAC's Joel England explains how the same fabrication techniques used for silicon computer microchips allowed their team to create the new laser-driven particle accelerator chips. (SLAC Multimedia Communications)

For more, visit: http://www6.slac.stanford.edu/news/2013-09-27-accelerator-on...

Researchers Demonstrate 'Accelerator on a Chip'
Technology could spawn new generations of smaller, less expensive devices for science, medicine

September 27, 2013

Menlo Park, Calif. — In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

The achievement was reported today in Nature by a team including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University.

“We still have a number of challenges before this technology becomes practical for real-world use, but eventually it would substantially reduce the size and cost of future high-energy particle colliders for exploring the world of fundamental particles and forces,” said Joel England, the SLAC physicist who led the experiments. “It could also help enable compact accelerators and X-ray devices for security scanning, medical therapy and imaging, and research in biology and materials science.”

Because it employs commercial lasers and low-cost, mass-production techniques, the researchers believe it will set the stage for new generations of "tabletop" accelerators.


Nanofabricated chips of fused silica just 3 millimeters long were used to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional particle accelerator technology. (Brad Plummer/SLAC)


The key to the accelerator chips is tiny, precisely spaced ridges, which cause the iridescence seen in this close-up photo. (Brad Plummer/SLAC)


The nanoscale patterns of SLAC and Stanford's accelerator on a chip gleam in rainbow colors prior to being assembled and cut into their final forms. (Matt Beardsley/SLAC)


Many of the SLAC and Stanford researchers who helped create the accelerator on a chip are pictured in SLAC's NLCTA lab where the experiments took place. Left to right: Robert Byer, Ken Soong, Dieter Walz, Ken Leedle, Ziran Wu, Edgar Peralta, Jim Spencer and Joel England. (Matt Beardsley/SLAC)

New particle accelerator can rest on your fingertip
Portable X-rays could result from a new particle accelerator chip that uses cheaper laser technology and less material to work.

By Amelia Pak-Harvey, Contributor / September 30, 2013

Imagine an X-ray machine small enough to fit on a table top.

Stanford researchers have brought us one step closer to this technology by creating a particle accelerator smaller than a grain of rice. The device paves the way for cheaper and smaller accelerators that could mean big things for science and medicine.

"Our sponsor of this work is DARPA [the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency], and DARPA wants us to develop an accelerator and an X-ray source that can be portable so that you could carry the X-ray machine into the field and use it to provide medical care for injured soldiers," said Robert Byer, principal investigator of the study.

Particle accelerators are typically clunky and costly. X-rays use accelerators to produce the images seen on film – electrons accelerated through a tube collide with atoms to create X-rays. Most accelerators use microwaves to accelerate the electrons to nearly the speed of light through a linear or circular track.



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this maybe rhetorical, but...

is there ANY truly high tech R&D without DARPA and/or DoD or US Govt/corporatist funding??

Why must all our geniuses, artists, designers, be rationed off into the State's murder mills??

Why??

= Welps, with that soapbox done, anyone here, without giving anything away, working on truly high tech, civilization changing high or low tech, or ideas, designs, or projects??

Thanks.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Worldwide Peace Marker Project

Worldwide Peace Marker Project (WPMP) is a global work of art. As a global installation WPMP will realize a global structure that can be perceived as a minimal and fundamental model of world peace.

A collaborative of 198 artists, each representing the people of each of the 198 nations of the world install a sculptural “Peace Marker” in each sovereign nation. One may think of the Peace Marker as a check-mark placed at each nation. In this way WPMP is like a survey on the possibility of world peace and the results are data regarding that possibility.

There is a lot more to this project, its history and its polymathic creator (and my colleague) Tiite' Baquero. I describe it as the greatest story never told.

WPMP is entirely self-funded, mostly through the sale of art. Currently we have around 30 nations represented. I have worked with Tiite' since 1981 on the R&D and pre-production phases leading up to the launch of WPMP in 2001 and remain an active supporter.

http://wpmpcollective.com/WPMP_collective/Welcome.html

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Worldwide-Peace-Marker-Projec...

Civilization Changing here:

If there is any law that has been consistently operative in American history, it is that the members of any established people or group or community sooner or later become "redskins"---that is, they become the designated victims of an utterly ruthless, officially sanctioned and subsidized exploitation. The colonists who drove off the Indians came to be intolerably exploited by their imperial governments. And that alien imperialism was thrown off only to be succeeded by a domestic version of the same thing: the class of independent small farmers who fought the war of independence has been exploited by, and recruited into, the industrial society until by now it is almost extinct. Today, the most numerous heirs of the farmers of Lexington and Concord are the little groups scattered all over the country whose names begin with "Save": Save Our Land, Save the Valley, Save Our Mountains, Save Our Streams, Save Our Farmland. As so often before, these are designated victims---people without official sanction, often without official friends, who are struggling to preserve their places, their values, and their lives as they know them and prefer to live them against the angencies of their own government which are using their own tax monies against them.

The only escape from this destiny of victimization has been to "succeed"---that is, to "make it" into the class of exploiters, and then to remain so specialized and so "mobile" as to be unconscious of the effects of one's life or livlihood.

I'm working on creating a viable alternative to this paradigm. It has a lot to do with our attitude toward work, especially "hand work." Is work something that we have a right to escape? And can we escape it with impunity?

There is nothing more absurd, to give an example that is only apparently trivial, than the millions who wish to live in luxury and idleness and yet be slender and good looking.

For more on my project, read "The Unsettling of America." You've already started.

will this be a Kindle publishing project?

sounds promising!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul