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atom smasher:

see particle acceleratorparticle accelerator,
apparatus used in nuclear physics to produce beams of energetic charged particles and to direct them against various targets. Such machines, popularly called atom smashers, are needed to observe objects as small as the atomic nucleus in studies of its
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atom smasher

[′ad·əm ‚smash·ər]
(nucleonics)
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As evidence, they cite the debris from atom smashers, in which nuclei splatter like fluids with zero viscosity.
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Department of Energy has announced, dashing hopes that the 25-year-old atom smasher in Batavia, Ill., might win a transatlantic race to find the most sought-after elementary particle in high-energy physics.
The SSC will dwarf current atom smashers. It will produce three times the energy of the next largest accelerator, the Large Electron Positron that is operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland.
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