colliding-beam machine
colliding-beam machine colliding-beam machine n. (Physics) a particle accelerator in which two separate beams of particles (usually of opposite charge) are circulated in opposite directions and directed so as to collide head on; -- called also {colliding-beam accelerator} and {collider}.

Note: This technique allows the production of collisions of higher energy than would be possible with a single beam produced by the same device.

Syn: particle collider; colliding-beam accelerator; collider. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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