colliding-beam accelerator

colliding-beam accelerator

[kə′līd·iŋ ¦bēm ək′sel·ə‚rād·ər]
(particle physics)
A particle accelerator in which two beams of high-energy particles are allowed to collide head-on, resulting in high center-of-mass energies. Also known as collider.
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