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subatomic particle

[¦səb·ə′täm·ik ′pärd·ə·kəl]
(physics)
A particle which is smaller than an atom, namely, an elementary particle or an atomic nucleus.
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Mr MacDonald told the court that, between 1976 and the end of 2006, a total of 1,401 nuclear particles had been recovered by UKAEA from the foreshore and nearby Sandside Beach.
A NEW radiation alert was issued yesterday at a beach where hundreds of nuclear particles have already been found.
After Chernobyl, small amounts of nuclear particles and gases were detected in other European countries," Dickerson said.
Close helps those whose reach exceeds their grasp of particle physics, explaining what we now understand of the nature of the universe, atoms, the nucleus, the forces of nature, nuclear particles and what he calls the "eight-fold way," quarks, quantum chromodynamics, the electroweak force, charm, quantum foresight, CP violation, neutrinos, the bits beyond the standard model, and the relationship among cosmology, particle physics and the big bang, which is where one suspects the Hadron Collider could be especially handy.
David Politzer develop the concept of "asymptotic freedom," which explains why quarks are unable to escape from within nuclear particles.
If experiments confirm mass loss for all nuclear particles, "it's a paradigm shift in the way you view nuclear structure," comments Anthony Thomas, a nuclear theorist at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Va.

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