symmetry magazine

dimensions of particle physics

dimensions of particle physics

A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication

 

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February 2014

  • February 4, 2014
    application: A second chance at sight
    Silicon microstrip detectors, a staple in particle physics experiments, provide information that may be critical to restoring vision to some who lost it.

January 2014

November 2013

  • November 5, 2013
    application: How particle physics can save your life
    From new medicines to cancer treatment, the tools of particle physics play an important role in hospitals around the world.

April 2013

  • April 2, 2013
    application: Semiconductors
    Accelerator-powered ion implantation proves key to advances in integrated circuits.

March 2013

October 2012

  • October 2, 2012
    application: Beehives
    About 30 percent of bees in the United States die of disease, infection or other causes each year, a number beekeepers say will have a serious impact on agriculture. Could particle accelerators be the solution?

June 2012

  • June 1, 2012
    application: Accelerator beams for early cancer detection
    Esophageal cancer is one of the eight most common cancers worldwide, with nearly half a million new cases each year. Of those diagnosed, only 5 to 10 percent survive for at least five years and, for reasons doctors don’t yet understand, this cancer is on the rise—especially in the West. Now scientists are developing a particle accelerator into a new tool for diagnosing pre-cancerous tissues in patients at risk.

May 2012

  • May 1, 2012
    application: Particle physics and your ride
    Metal products contain microscopic stresses that can grow into bigger problems. How engineers choose to manage these stresses makes all the difference.

April 2012

  • April 1, 2012
    application: Pursuing protons for medical imaging
    A new kind of detector technology that could lead to discoveries in particle physics may also lead to better 3D images of the human body and help cancer patients.

February 2012

  • February 1, 2012
    application: Radioisotopes
    Today, tens of millions of patients each year are diagnosed and treated with accelerator-based radioisotopes.

October 2011

  • October 1, 2011
    application: Ink curing
    Next time you pour yourself a bowl of Cheerios, thank the particle accelerator that brought you the bright yellow box. A growing number of printing companies are using innovative accelerator technology to print the cereal boxes that grace the breakfast table.

May 2011

  • May 1, 2011
    application: Diapers
    In the United States, we buy more than 20 billion disposable diapers each year. That's a lot of baby bottoms to keep dry, and parents everywhere can thank particle accelerators for doing their part.

February 2011

  • February 1, 2011
    application: Food packaging
    Traditional methods for sterilizing empty packaging are simple and effective, but have environmental drawbacks. Low-energy electron beams from particle accelerators provide an environmentally friendly alternative.

October 2010

  • October 1, 2010
    application: Hydrogels
    For many patients with serious burn wounds, the most dreaded visitor each day is the doctor or nurse who arrives to change the bandages. But accelerator-treated bandages can create healing environment.

August 2010

  • August 1, 2010
    application: Cargo scanning
    More than two billion tons of cargo pass through ports and waterways annually in the United States. Many ports rely on gamma-ray scanners, based on radioactive isotopes such as cobalt-60, to screen cargo for nuclear materials or weapons. But an increasing number are turning to high-energy X-rays generated by particle accelerators to keep ports safe and prevent contraband from entering the country.

June 2010

  • June 1, 2010
    application: Sterilizing medical supplies
    Sterilizing equipment, a critical aspect of modern medical care, can be accomplished by bombarding the equipment and its packaging with a beam of electrons or X-rays derived from a particle accelerator.

April 2010

  • April 1, 2010
    application: Heat-shrink tubing
    Heat shrink owes its incredible capabilities to treatment with an electron beam from a particle accelerator.

February 2010

  • February 1, 2010
    application: Mining
    Miners sometimes add lead nitrate to prevent this and speed things along. But is there a way to fine-tune the process to get more metal out of the ore?

December 2009

  • December 1, 2009
    application: Furniture finish
    Who needs coasters when you have electron beams?

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