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Wacky Physics: The Coolest Little Particles in Nature

  • Little Particles

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    CREDIT: CERN Hunting for 'Sparticles': Atom Smasher to Run Through 2012
    A simulation of a proton-proton collision at the Large Hadron Collider. Detectors such as the Compact Muon Solenoid, or CMS, will record the tracks created by hundreds of particles emerging from each collision. For more information, visit: http://www.uscms.org/
  • God Particle

    God particle
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    CREDIT: CERN God particle
    This track is an example of simulated data modelled for the CMS detector on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Here a Higgs boson is produced and then decays into two jets of hadrons and two electrons. The lines represent the possible paths of particles produced by the proton-proton collision in the detector while the energy these particles deposit is shown in blue.
  • Quarks

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    CREDIT: CERN. Dawn of the Universe Recreated
    Tracks of the first heavy ion collisions in the ALICE experiment. Such collisions are likely to create conditions closer to the beginning of the universe than ever before, though on a much smaller scale.
  • Sparticles

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    CREDIT: Fermilab. Scientists Narrow Search for the 'God Particle'
    The Collider Detector at Fermilab.
  • Neutrinos

    The sun unleashed a powerful Class X1.5 solar flare on March 9, 2011, a solar storm that could supercharge Earth's auroras. The flare was recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and other spacecraft. Here, it appears in white at the upper right of t
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    CREDIT: NASA/SDO/GSFC Solar Flare XClass
    The sun unleashed a powerful Class X1.5 solar flare on March 9, 2011, a solar storm that could supercharge Earth's auroras. The flare was recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and other spacecraft. Here, it appears in white at the upper right of the sun as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory.
  • Antimatter

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    CREDIT: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Thunderstorms on Earth Hurl Antimatter Into Space
    This NASA illustration is a still from an animation depicting how thunderstorms on Earth can create beams of antimatter particles and hurl them into space.
  • Gravitons

    gravitons
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    CREDIT: NASA gravitons
    Conceptual image of gravity.
They come in different flavors and sizes, some come in destructive duos that essentially vaporize each other, and many have fantastical names like sparticles and neutrolinos. Here are the tiny particles that leave even physicists drooling.

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