Has anyone seen the part of Iron Man two where they combine the major scientific advances of the past centruy into a single scene where he makes a new element? For those who haven't, I will summarise; - He builds a particle accelerator in his front room showing no evidence of large, superconducting electromagnets required to accelerate particles - This resultant beam of paricles is then sent through a prism where it is internally reflected - The beam of 'particles' hits a triangular target to form a new element I know this is a totally ficticous 'experiment', but it made me grind my teeth in the film and it makes me sigh when I think about it now. As far as I know, only light (as in, photons) are reflected by a prism. If this was a beam of photons, it would surely be split into the spectra of visible light for us all to see? If I am mistaken and other particles are internally reflected by a prism, in what way would only protons, electrons (maybe even neutrons if they can be accelerated like this) form a 'new element'? Serious nerd rage right here. Rant over, please continue.