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Title: The Next Generation of Heavy Ion Sources (447th Brookhaven Lecture)

Imagine if, by staying in your lane when driving on the expressway, you could help fight cancer or provide a new, clean energy source. You would clench the steering wheel with both hands and stay in ymore »our lane, right? Unlike driving on the expressway where you intentionally avoid hitting other cars, scientists sometimes work to steer particle beams into head-on collisions with other oncoming particle beams. However, the particles must be kept "in their lanes" for cleaner, more frequent collisions. Some scientists propose starting the whole process by using lasers to heat a fixed target as a way to get particles with higher charge, which are more steerable. These scientists believe the new methods could be used to develop particle beams for killing cancer cells or creating usable energy from fusion. Join Masahiro Okamura of Brookhaven's Collider-Accelerator Department for the 447th Brookhaven Lecture, titled "The Next Generation of Heavy Ion Sources." Okamura will explain how lasers can be used to create plasma, neutral mixtures of positive ions and negative electrons, from different materials, and how using this plasma leads to beams with higher charge states and currents. He will also discuss how this efficient, simpler method of producing particle beams might be used for cancer therapy, to develop new energy sources, or in synchrotrons.« less
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Title: The Next Generation of Heavy Ion Sources (447th Brookhaven Lecture)
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Publication Date: 2009-03-04
OSTI Identifier: 1004911
DOE Contract Number: AC02-98CH10886
Other Number(s): TRN: US1104087
Resource Type: Multimedia
Resource Relation: Conference: Brookhaven Lecture Series: 1960 - Present, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York (United States), presented on March 04, 2009
Research Org: BNL (Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States))
Sponsoring Org: USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Subject: 74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS ; AUTOMOBILES ; BNL ; CATIONS ; CHARGE STATES ; ELECTRONS ; ENERGY SOURCES ; HEAVY IONS ; LASERS ; MIXTURES ; NEOPLASMS ; PARTICLE BEAMS ; PLASMA ; SYNCHROTRONS ; TARGETS ; THERAPY ; WHEELS
Country of Publication: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 0:46:52
System Entry Date: 2016-01-28