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CERN Courier magazine: November 2013 digital edition

Cern Courier

Welcome to the digital edition of the November 2013 issue of CERN Courier

For more than 30 years, plasma-based particle accelerators driven by either lasers or particle beams have promised a fast route to high energies – primarily because of the extremely large accelerating electric fields they can support, which are about a thousand times greater than in conventional accelerators. This issue looks at progress in the field, including the start of AWAKE – a new project at CERN to study proton-driven plasma wakefield acceleration – and the latest from the ICAN consortium, which is investigating a possible new fibre-based laser driver operating at high pulse-rate. At CERN, the current long shutdown allowed a great opportunity to visit the LHC and its experiments – and much more – during Open Days at the end of September, while the CLOUD experiment has made the first ever measurements of formation rates of atmospheric aerosol particles.

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