Mini antimatter accelerator to open doors to particle physics mysteries

Currently, facilities like CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and Stanford’s Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) are top of the class for particle physics. The LHC accelerates elementary particles down long tubes and smashes them into each other to produce and study new forms of matter and intriguing particles like the Higgs boson. The LCLS, meanwhile, is a powerful X-ray laser that can take images of nanoscale events like photosynthesis, create “mini-stars” in the lab, or boil water into a strange plasma state hotter than the core of the Earth. But these facilities aren’t the most accessible.

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