A joint Fermilab/SLAC publication
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01/08/13

Bosons

All particles fall into one of two classes, bosons or fermions.

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12/11/12

Decay channel

When particles decay, they transform into lighter particles. Physicists can predict how often a particle will decay into certain end products.

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10/23/12

Gravitational waves

If you could detect a bowling ball’s gravitational waves, you would know when someone threw the ball—even if you were standing outside the bowling alley.

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09/18/12

Klystron

Klystrons are at the heart of particle accelerators, radar, cancer treatments and some radio telescopes.

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07/01/12

Sigma

Sigma is a unit that describes how much a set of experimental data deviates from what’s expected.

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06/01/12

Standard candle

Your birthday cake isn’t the only thing studded with lights. 

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05/01/12

The muon

Meet the Twinkie of particle physics: the muon.

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02/01/12

Cosmic microwave background

Cosmic microwave background is the oldest light in the universe. 

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10/01/11

Symmetry

Symmetry is an expression of exact correspondence between things.

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05/01/11

Synchrotron radiation

Synchrotron light gets its name from the synchrotron particle accelerators where it was first observed.

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