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Supernova remnant

Scientists create first laboratory generation of high-energy shock waves that accelerate astrophysical particles

Throughout the universe, supersonic shock waves propel cosmic rays and supernova particles to velocities near the speed of light. The most high-energy of these astrophysical shocks occur too far outside the solar system to be studied in detail and have long puzzled astrophysicists. Shocks closer to Earth can be detected by spacecraft, but they fly by too quickly to probe a wave’s formation. Now a team of scientists has generated the first high-energy shock waves in a laboratory setting, opening the door to new understanding of these mysterious processes.

Princeton's History

  • 1746

    College of New Jersey founded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, by the Presbyterian Synod
  • 1896

    Name officially changed to Princeton University
  • 1900

    Graduate School established
  • 1969

    Trustees vote to admit women undergraduates
  • 2001

    Financial aid policy changes, replacing loans with grants that do not need to be repaid
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