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How Do You Trap A Particle In A Particle Accelerator?

If you're like us, you think about particle accelerators a lot. You may even start to wonder about how they actually look at the particles they are accelerating. After all, if we understand the concepts correctly, those particles are rushing around the accelerator at incredibly high speeds. As it turns out, catching a particle is less a matter of slowing it down and more a matter of forcing its motion into an extremely tight circle known as a Pauli trap. You'll find exactly how they work below, along with more on these incredible machines.

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Written By Curiosity Staff May 30, 2017