Focus Friday - Particle Accelerators

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Focus Friday - Particle Accelerators

Friday, Feb 17 2012 by kjfitz
A particle accelerator is a device that uses electromagnetic fields to propel charged particles to high speeds and to contain them in well-defined beams.

Particle accelerators are used as a research tool in particle physics by accelerating elementary particles to very high kinetic energy and letting them impact other particles. Analysis of the byproducts of these collisions gives scientists good evidence of the structure of the subatomic world and the laws of nature governing it.