View Full Version : Natural Particle Accelerator Dwarfs the Power of the Large Hadron Collider

2008-Jan-29, 01:00 AM
Years of work are about to pay off, as Europe's Large Hadron Collider is almost ready to come online. Soon physicists will be awash in data from the highly energetic particle collisions generated in the facility. But Nature, as usual, already has the upper hand, with a natural particle accelerator capable of pushing particles with [...]

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2008-Jan-29, 06:41 PM
"the electrons themselves are most likely to be accelerated to high energies by shockwaves travelling through the cluster gas. The shockwaves are set up when two clusters collide and merge." From the (original press release (http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMRUOEMKBF_index_0.html))

What exactly is the shockwave? Is it magnetic? Light? Or perhaps particles of some sort? And how does this shockwave accelerate electrons?