Figure: Images of (a) a robotic surgery system (daVinci SI system by Intuitive Surgical and (b) conceptual rendering of a self-contained DLA encapsulated as a fiber endoscope.
Since the beam energy and gradient requirements for industrial and medical accelerators are orders of magnitude smaller than what is required for basic science, compatible DLA based systems could be fabricated on a single silicon wafer [2, 3]. Industrial accelerators with transverse dimensions of 1 to 2 mm (typical for DLA devices) would permit portable and flexible access to restricted pipe areas for material identification in petroleum exploratory operations; non-destructive testing of products and materials to identify cracks and deformations in hard to reach areas; and multibeam X-ray lithography to rapidly "print" nano-scale patterns onto integrated chips, leading to new processes in the microchip industry. Accelerators for security screening of cargo and aircraft could be made more widely available, and could, due to their smaller size, scan larger areas rapidly or follow moving targets.
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