NEW ACCELERATION METHODS

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But a glance at the Livingston chart, Fig. 1, of accelerator particle energy as a function of time shows that the energy has steadily, exponentially, increased. Equally significant is the fact that this increase is the envelope of diverse technologies. If one is to stay on, or even near, the Livingston curve in future years then new acceleration techniques need to be developed. What are the new acceleration methods? In these two lectures I would like to sketch some of these new ideas. I am well aware that they will probably not result in high energy accelerators within this or ... continued below

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Sessler, A.M. July 1, 1984.

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But a glance at the Livingston chart, Fig. 1, of accelerator particle energy as a function of time shows that the energy has steadily, exponentially, increased. Equally significant is the fact that this increase is the envelope of diverse technologies. If one is to stay on, or even near, the Livingston curve in future years then new acceleration techniques need to be developed. What are the new acceleration methods? In these two lectures I would like to sketch some of these new ideas. I am well aware that they will probably not result in high energy accelerators within this or the next decade, but conversely, it is likely that these ideas will form the basis for the accelerators of the next century. Anyway, the ideas are stimulating and suffice to show that accelerator physicists are not just 'engineers', but genuine scientists deserving to be welcomed into the company of high energy physicists. I believe that outsiders will find this field surprisingly fertile and, certainly fun. To put it more personally, I very much enjoy working in this field and lecturing on it. There are a number of review articles which should be consulted for references to the original literature. In addition there are three books on the subject. Given this material, I feel free to not completely reference the material in the remainder of this article; consultation of the review articles and books will be adequate as an introduction to the literature for references abound (hundreds are given). At last, by way of introduction, I should like to quote from the end of Ref. 2 for I think the remarks made there are most germane. Remember that the talk was addressed to accelerator physicists: 'Finally, it is often said, I think by physicists who are not well-informed, that accelerator builders have used up their capital and now are bereft of ideas, and as a result, high energy physics will eventually--rather soon, in fact--come to a halt. After all, one can't build too many machines greater than 27 km, and soon one will run out of space or money (almost surely money before space). This argument seems terribly wrong to me, and worse than that possibly destructive, for it will have a serious effect if it causes, as it well might, young people to elect to go into fields other than high energy physics. The proper response, I believe, is to point--in considerable detail--to some of the new concepts which show by example that we are far from being out of new ideas. Some of these concepts shall, in my view, be, or lead to, the 'stocks in trade' of the next century, and thus they will allow high energy physics to be as exciting then as it is now. It is our job to make it all happen.

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  • Report No.: LBL-18181
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 937108
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc898121

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Sessler, A.M. NEW ACCELERATION METHODS, book, July 1, 1984; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc898121/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.