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Homework Help: Collisions in accelerators

  1. Sep 25, 2007 #1
    hi, just wondering if someone could help me with some questions about collisions in accelerators. i have a 1TeV proton beam being collided with a) a fixed target, b) a 50GeV electron and c) an antiproton beam. i have to find the max available energy for the production of new particles in each case.
    is this just a case of e=mc^2, or do i have to start working out momentums?
     
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  3. Sep 26, 2007 #2
    You must conserve both momentum and total energy. If you can find the center-of-mass of the collision system, then conserving momentum will be easy.
     
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