Subatomic particles

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I was just watching a show, and it was taken in antarctica. It was talking about sub atomic particles, and it said that they were best detected deep under ice, so why are they best detected there? I don't know to much about particles, so I was just interested.

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You have to tell us what sub-atomic particles they were looking for. Different ones are better detected under different conditions.

Neutrinos, for example, are better detected deep underground. This is because neutrinos pass through regular matter extremely easily so you CAN detect them deep underground just as well as above ground; however, being deep underground shields you from the noise of other particles which do not pass through regular matter as easily as neutrinos do.
 

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