Detectors Reveal Invisible Particles and Forces

The particles scientists want to study are so small that they cannot be seen by the human eye or the most powerful microscope. So physicists build huge detectors to track the particles as they move outward from a collision. Scientists need computers to collect, store and analyze the information. They need computers because the experiments create a lot of data over a very short period of time and because many of the newly created particles live for only an instant. Computers also allow scientists to use the data to reconstruct events in a collision. Subatomic particles behave like waves. Understanding the properties of waves helps scientists design their experiments and interpret the results.

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