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Photo of the Week: What Does a Particle Accelerator Have in Common with Your Thanksgiving Turkey?

November 16, 2012 - 4:02pm

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At the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists are using the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests, also known as FACET, to research accelerator science and high-energy density physics.  SLAC's particle accelerator may be two miles long, but researchers at FACET are working to develop more compact versions that could be widely used in medicine and industry -- particle accelerators are used for cancer research, processing computer chips, and even producing the shrink wrap used to keep your Thanksgiving turkey fresh. In this photo, Stanford graduate student Spencer Gessner assembles a camera that will monitor an X-ray spectrometer designed to measure FACET's beam energy. Learn more about <a href="http://youtu.be/IA5pksr_gfY">how FACET works</a>. | Photo courtesy of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

At the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, scientists are using the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests, also known as FACET, to research accelerator science and high-energy density physics. SLAC's particle accelerator may be two miles long, but researchers at FACET are working to develop more compact versions that could be widely used in medicine and industry -- particle accelerators are used for cancer research, processing computer chips, and even producing the shrink wrap used to keep your Thanksgiving turkey fresh. In this photo, Stanford graduate student Spencer Gessner assembles a camera that will monitor an X-ray spectrometer designed to measure FACET's beam energy. Learn more about how FACET works. | Photo courtesy of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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