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Should we construct a collider that can use particles with zero and non zero charges?

About a month ago i read an article in arstechnica ( http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/05/using-lasers-to-accelerate-particles/) that talked about using the expansion of optical latices to accelerate particles. I saw this an thought that if we were to construct a collider of this type, one would be able to not only test the same proton-proton collisions but also be able to particles that are currently impossible to accelerate and control using em fields. I also think that building something like this would be a great testing ground to be able to understand how one can send objects through our atmosphere and in free space. Im always trying to think (as an engineer) about how can we apply recent physics developments to improve the way we do things on earth. so far quantum mechanics hasn't had much of an effect on the macroscopic landsace of life that most people can see, but i feel like thinking about doing something like this would defiantly can improve the way things are done now.

  • May 30 2012: Reading the article you posted, it looks like the optical lattice treats neutral atoms as electric dipoles without ionizing them. It's not clear this would work on zero charge particles like neutrons.

    It's very interesting stuff though. I think they use the same sort of method to reduce substances down to tiny fractions of a degree above absolute zero.
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