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How to Make a Collider

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Science  28 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5944, pp. 1069
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1069

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A synchrotron circulates particles in one direction, so it takes some extra work to make one into a collider. One way is to set particles and antiparticles circulating in opposite directions within a single synchrotron and another is to build in one tunnel two synchrotrons that send the same particles in opposite directions.