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Definition of collider

: a particle accelerator in which two beams of particles moving in opposite directions are made to collide

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Recent Examples on the Web So, scientists there will participate in designing, building, and operating the new collider. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Department of Energy picks New York over Virginia for site of new particle collider," 9 Jan. 2020 Van Nieuwenhuizen has hopes that a new collider with greater energies than the LHC planned in China might see supersymmetric particles. Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Supergravity Snags Super Award: $3-Million Special Breakthrough Prize," 6 Aug. 2019 With no immediate plans for the construction of a larger, more powerful particle collider, and no hard 5-sigma data on which to build theories, particle physicists are desperate for something to show up during the LHC’s next run. Quanta Magazine, "‘Penguin’ Anomaly Hints at Missing Particles," 20 Mar. 2015 Tom Hanks, Al Gore, Richard Branson, Patti Smith and the Black Eyed Peas also have toured the collider. Richard Morin, Washington Post, "At the Large Hadron Collider, a peek at the future of science," 20 Sep. 2019 But since then, scientists like Indu invented tools such as particle detectors, accelerators, and colliders that can study them in great detail. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, "Meet Indumathi, the Indian scientist who wants to capture one of the universe’s smallest particles," 27 Aug. 2019 Patrick Huber, a theorist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, says the hunt makes even more sense given the lack of signs of new physics at large particle colliders. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Resurrected detector will hunt for some of the strangest particles in the universe," 8 Aug. 2019 But despite intensive development of the idea, string theory has been unable to furnish any predictions amenable to experimental tests with the current generation of particle colliders—the energies needed are vastly too great. Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Supergravity Snags Super Award: $3-Million Special Breakthrough Prize," 6 Aug. 2019 Flambaum and Ye are among a growing number of physicists who aren’t looking solely to massive high-energy particle colliders for the answers to their field’s biggest questions. Quanta Magazine, "Ultra-Accurate Clocks Lead Search for New Laws of Physics," 16 Apr. 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined above

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“Collider.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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