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Discoveries at Fermilab - The Top Quark

In this artist's representation of a particle collision, a proton and antiproton collide at nearly the speed of light, producing a top quark and anitquark. Within a tiny fraction of a second, these two heavy, unstable particles decay into lighter particles. The decay chain can produce bursts of light particles that are observed as jets.

Background Material on the Discovery of the Top Quark

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