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Online docmordrid

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Cyclotron on a chip
« on: 02/05/2011 05:48 am »
Popular Science article....

IEEE Spectrum article....

Goal: a 1 MEV accelerator in a briefcase, or more. 

Uses: portable radiotherapy, portable scanning electron microscopes (put that on a rover!), a proton scalpel....

and god knows what else.
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Re: Cyclotron on a chip
« Reply #1 on: 02/05/2011 05:54 am »
Man, I want one!
chuck - Toilet paper has no real value? Try living with 5 other adults for 6 months in a can with no toilet paper. Man oh man. Toilet paper would be worth it's weight in gold!

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Re: Cyclotron on a chip
« Reply #2 on: 02/10/2011 08:13 pm »
One obvious application is free electron lasers (FEL). While glancing through the Wikipedia article on FELs, I read of possibly tuning an infra-red frequency FEL to heat certain lipids which could be used to target acne, body fat, or fatty plaques in blood vessels. This would be the right size and power, I think for such things.

As to space applications, you could have a portable and frequency/amplitude tunable laser, though without the degree of coherence of more traditional lasers (for example, solid state lasers).
Karl Hallowell