Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Bubble Chambers

These amazing images are photographs of the patterns of proton collisions captured through a Bubble Chamber.  Per Teachers.web:

"Bubble chamber photographs provide an insightful introduction to the exotic short-lived particles that emerge from all high energy accelerator experiments...  Since they show actual trails of bubbles that are formed as charged particles force their way through an unstable liquid, bubble chamber pictures are perceived by non-particle physicists as real, and therefore a good way to introduce particle physics. The pictures themselves are quite often easy to understand in an intuitive, qualitative way."

Science is pretty cool after all, huh?

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