World Science Scholars
1.5 Electron Positron Collisions and Linear Colliders
  • In the 1970s, particle accelerators were developed that could collide particles.
  • Proton–proton collisions are complicated because there are many components in protons, so the initial conditions of the experiment are not known.
  • Electron–positron collisions are simpler because all the energy goes into the final products.
  • Circular and linear accelerators each have advantages and disadvantages, which include cost differences and the need to account for synchrotron radiation (electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle is accelerated radially).

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