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Fixed Target vs Colliding Beam experiment

  1. Jan 25, 2010 #1
    emerging protons can be made to collide with
    (i) a target of fixed protons, e.g. liquid hydrogen, or
    (ii) a similar beam of protons travelling in the opposite direction

    The following are stated as advantages of the 2 experimental arrangements:

    Fixed target:
    • Larger number of collisions -- more likely to get collisions
    • Other particle beams produced

    Colliding beams:
    • More energy available for new particles
    • p = 0 so all energy available

    Can someone explain why each point happens
     
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