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Gravity in particle colliders

  1. Jan 9, 2016 #1
    What prevents the beam of protons in say the lhc from falling at 9.81 m/s? I've never heard of an electric or magnetic field that prevents it...
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  3. Jan 9, 2016 #2


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    The LHC is nothing but a giant super-powerful magnetic tube. Protons are charged particles. It can accelerate them to relativistic speeds; a paltry 9.81m/s drift is child's play.
  4. Jan 9, 2016 #3


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    Sure you have. Put a positively charged plate under the beam and it will repel the protons, thus opposing gravity.
  5. Jan 9, 2016 #4

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    I'm really shocked that you could have looked anything up and not learned that the LHC steers beams using electromagnetic - primarily magnetic - forces.
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