atom smasher

noun

Examples of atom smasher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current highest energy atom smasher, the 27-kilometer-long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, fires protons into protons. Byadrian Cho, science.org, 28 Mar. 2024 From quantum theory to atom smashers The brothers were both working as physicists when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Kc Cole, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 These particles strike our planet from every direction with gargantuan amounts of energy, surpassing anything the most powerful atom smashers on Earth can produce. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Dec. 2022 Cast-off industrial apparatus lives on in new forms—the diner car became the diner restaurant; the beaker becomes the shot glass; the tunnel for the atom smasher becomes a mushroom farm. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Aug. 2010 In such a universe, a black hole appearing inside an atom smasher becomes much more feasible, potentially revealing insights into the very nature of gravity. Adam Mann, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023 In an atom smasher on long island, gold nuclei smash headlong into each other at nearly the speed of light, unleashing a fountain of matter and antimatter, which possess identical mass but reverse properties. Gillian Conahan, Discover Magazine, 8 Jan. 2012 Published last week in Physical Review Letters, the method should be widely useful, including in making predictions to be tested at the world’s biggest atom smasher, Europe’s Large Hadron Collider. Byscience News Staff, science.org, 8 Dec. 2022 Separately, at the world's largest atom smasher at CERN, physicists have been crashing protons against each other there to see what happens after. Seth Borenstein, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of atom smasher was in 1930

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