Heavy ion collision in Plastic Ball detector

Heavy ion collision in Plastic Ball detector

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Credit: LAWRENCE BERKELEY LAB/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Computer reconstruction of a heavy ion collision in the Plastic Ball detector at the Lawrence Berk- eley Laboratory, California. Two nuclei of niobium-93 (red arrows), pushed to an energy of 650 MeV each in the Bevelac accelerator, collide at centre. The nuclear particles emerging from the collision are shown as arrows, with the length of the arrows representing their momentum. The nuclei are protons (yellow), deuterons (green), tritons (cyan), helium-3 (blue) & ordinary helium nuclei, or alpha particles (magenta). The picture shows one of about a million nuclear collisions produced at the Bevelac in studies of compressed nuclear matter.

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Keywords: bevelac, compressed nuclear matter, computer screen, deuteron, electronic display, heavy ion collision, helium-3, laboratory, lawrence berkeley, particle physics research, particles, plastic ball imagery, proton, track, tracks, triton nucleus

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