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  • A chain of accelerators and other devices is necessary to produce and accelerate muons before scientists can make muons collide.
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  • A muon collider and related infrastructure would fit onto the 6,800-acre Fermilab site.
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  • To make muons, scientists smash bunches of protons into a target. Magnetic fields steer the muons into the right direction.
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  • To create a narrow, uniform muon beam, scientists cool the particles by sending them through a series of absorbers and cavities.
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  • To reach higher and higher collision energies, physicists have built and proposed larger and larger particle accelerators.
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  • A muon collider would fit on the Fermilab site, located 45 miles west of Chicago. Other energy-frontier colliders are much larger.
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Last modified: 09/30/2011 |