Discovery machines: Accelerators for science, technology, health and innovation

‘Discovery machines: Accelerators for science, technology, health and innovation’ is the third in a series of Future Science reports supported by the Defence Science and Technology Group.

‘Discovery machines: Accelerators for science, technology, health and innovation’ explores the science of particle accelerators, the machines that supercharge our ability to discover the secrets of nature and have opened up new tools in medicine, energy, manufacturing, and the environment as well as in pure research.

Particle accelerators are now an essential ingredient in discovery science because they offer new ways to analyse the world, such as by probing objects with high energy x-rays or colliding them beams of electrons. They also have a huge—but often unnoticed—impact on all our lives; medical imaging, cancer treatment, new materials and even the chips that power our phones and computers have all been transformed by accelerators of various types. Research accelerators also provide fundamental infrastructure that encourages better collaboration between international and domestic scientists, organisations and governments.

© 2017 Australian Academy of Science

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