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Small collider: New atom smasher (1946)

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Particle accelerators, commonly known as “atom smashers” — despite the fact that they are often breaking apart sub-atomic particles — have been used by scientists to probe the mysteries of the universe since the 1930s. In fact, long before the Large Hadron Collider made its debut in 2009, the accelerator below was designed and built in the name of scientific exploration.

New atom smasher

New atom smasher built from this model will be finished next year for experiments at the University of Michigan. Its designers have named it “the racetrack.”

By whirling electrons almost at the speed of light in the big circle, it will generate low-power cosmic rays which will break up atoms, and even the particles which make up atoms.

New atom smasher

 

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