Quick Galaxy Dictionary for Dummyes

Guide to the Galaxy

CERN
The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, located near Geneva on the Swiss-French border.

PARTICLE
An object which is sub-atomic – smaller than an atom – and has a definite mass and charge.

HADRON
A particle with mass, made up of smaller units called quarks that are bound together.

LHC CERN’s Large Hadron Collider that has been under development for 20 years.

PARTICLE ACCELERATOR
A machine used to accelerate streams of particles in a defined direction at high speeds.

COLLIDER
An accelerator in which two beams travelling in opposite directions are steered together to induce high-energy collisions between particles.

HIGGS BOSON
A theoretical particle which is thought to give matter its mass, known as the “God particle.”

The LHC should confirm whether it exists.

Source:
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/south-wales-news/cynon-valley/2008/09/18/cynon-scientist-at-the-helm-of-the-big-bang-experiment-91466-21826441/

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