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Particle accelerators are hugely important in the study of the matter of the Universe, but the ones we think of tend to be gigantic instruments – surrounding cities in some cases. Now scientists have made a much smaller version to power an advanced laser, a setup that could be just as useful as its larger counterparts. The particle accelerator in question is a plasma wakefield accelerator, which generates short and intense bursts of electrons, and the laser it's powering is what's known as a free-electron laser (FEL), which uses its light to analyze atoms, molecules, and condensed matter in incredibly high resolutions. While this scenario...

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