from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A particle accelerator used to bring about collisions between particles or atoms in order to study their behavior or create isotopes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Physics) a particle accelerator in which two separate beams of particles (usually of opposite charge) are circulated in opposite directions and directed so as to collide head on. This technique allows the production of collisions of higher energy than would be possible with a single beam produced by the same device.
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- noun physics Any of several forms of
particle acceleratorin which two opposing beamsof particles collide
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- noun an accelerator in which two beams of particles are forced to collide head on
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Particle physics might make it “easy” to do these tests, if you think waiting three decades to build a suitable collider is easy, but the principle holds for AGW theory as well.
Sure our most powerful super collider is no match for a Quasar or black hole but still, We are the gods of our world.
If you want the musical version of what the Large Hadron collider is doing check this YouTube video: Large Hadron rap.
Large Hadron collider is 27 Km in circumference and will accelerates protons to 99. 99999% the speed of light (I might not have gotten the right number of 9s, sorry if this spoils your calculations if you are trying this at home).
You see, if the collider is making collisions, and we aren’t recording them, its a huge waste.
An interesting variant of a collider was the Stanford Linear Collider (SLC).
The collider, which is housed at the European Centre for Nuclear Research CERN, 300ft below the Franco-Swiss border, aims to recreate the conditions present just after the Big Bang at the beginning of the universe, 13.7billion years ago.
The collider, which is outside Geneva, is 17 miles around.
The collider is the world's largest particle accelerator.
Finding the particle is a top priority for the US Tevatron collider, which is expected to shut down for good in 2011.