1.2 Particle Physics and Particle Accelerators
- The main principle behind particle accelerators is that electromagnetic fields accelerate huge numbers of charged particles into detectors.
- A major advance in accelerator technology was to accelerate particles into each other, using machines called colliders. The resultant pieces from the collision are then collected by detectors.
- On the order of one billion events per second occur within accelerators.
- The Higgs Boson occurs in collisions very rarely, in only around one in ten trillion of such collisions.