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Forget the Large Hadron Collider – our team has designed a particle accelerator the size of a large room

By Gianluca Sarri, Reader (Associate Professor) at the School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen's University Belfast
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In 2010, when scientists were preparing to smash the first particles together within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), sections of the media fantasised that the EU-wide experiment might create a black hole that could swallow and destroy our planet. How on Earth, columnists fumed, could scientists justify such a dangerous indulgence in the pursuit of abstract, theoretical knowledge?

But particle accelerators are much more than enormous toys for scientists…

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