particle accelerator

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Recent Examples on the Web In the March 1988 issue of Popular Mechanics, sci-fi author Isaac Asimov proposed building a particle accelerator on the moon. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Should Really Put a Particle Accelerator on the Moon," 10 June 2020 Bryan Ostdiek, a postdoctoral research scholar at Harvard University, formerly worked on the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator, near Geneva. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New stars found in the Milky Way were born outside of it," 12 July 2020 This is not the right time for a bigger particle accelerator. Sabine Hossenfelder, Scientific American, "The World Doesn't Need a New, Gigantic Particle Collider," 19 June 2020 In the post-war years, particle accelerators grew from the size of squash courts to the size of cities, particle detectors from the scale of the table top to that of the family home. The Economist, "The human genome project Genomics took a long time to fulfil its promise," 12 Mar. 2020 Physicists and others have had to power down massive particle accelerators. Katherine Harmon Courage, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Disrupts Vital Field Research—Including Disease Transmission Work," 3 Apr. 2020 The isotopes are made on another mesa, by a linear particle accelerator that shoots rare metals with proton beams. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020 But the universe is still the biggest and cheapest particle accelerator of them all. Yulia Grigoryants, New York Times, "Alone on a Mountaintop, Awaiting a Very Hard Rain," 21 Jan. 2020 Then physicists learned how to create these particles themselves, in giant particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Yulia Grigoryants, New York Times, "Alone on a Mountaintop, Awaiting a Very Hard Rain," 21 Jan. 2020

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“Particle accelerator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/particle%20accelerator. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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