Lasers—used in medicine, manufacturing and made wildly popular by science fiction—are finding a new use in particle physics.

Fermilab scientists and engineers have developed a tool called a laser notcher, which takes advantage of the laser's famously precise targeting abilities to do something unexpected: boost the number of particles that accelerators send to experiments. It's cranked up the lab's particle output considerably—by an incredible 15 percent—giving scientists more opportunities to study nature's tiniest constituents.

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