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Laser Stripping Powers Protons

Researchers demonstrate a new technique that could lead to significantly higher power proton beams used to answer tough scientific questions

Joint Faculty Assistant Professor Sarah Cousineau is part of this effort to use laser stripping for revolutionizing how high-power proton beams are generated in accelerators. Read more in this Department of Energy highlight, and learn more about Dr. Cousineau in this DOE profile.

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Right: An artistic representation of the laser stripping method. Shown from right to left: the incoming hydrogen particle with two electrons (red) (right), the first electron stripped in a magnetic field, the excitation (purple beam) of the remaining electron by the laser (center), and finally the remaining electron stripped off by a second magnetic field and the resulting proton particle (yellow) (left). (Graphic courtesy of DOE)

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