Shi constructed three versions of the accelerator—two on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) chips and one on a printed circuit board. Each had a straight, segmented acceleration track and either a 1-, 2-, or 4-mm turning radius. To test the design, she fired a stream of argon ions with around 1.5 keV of energy from a commercial ion source into each chip’s tracks. Electric fields between four segments in each chip’s acceleration track gave the ions a kick before they raced into the turn. Then another electric potential between two electrode curbs pulled ions around the bend. Only those ions with just the right amount of energy made it through. So, by detecting ions at the finish line, Shi confirmed that they truly got a boost.
If a small accelerator based on this design could bestow 1 MeV of energy to ion beams, it would have a broad range of applications, says Amit Lal, who worked with Shi and leads Cornell’s SonicMEMS Laboratory. Lal’s group works to create chip-scale power sources, such as a radioisotope-based generator for powering the electronics in cyborg insects. This particle accelerator is an offshoot of that research.
I encourage you all to read Kafka's "Metamorphosis" for what is about to occur.