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n. (plural of proton English)

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Particle accelerators are based on the same principle: They hurl bits of matter such as electrons and protons at each other as well as at other targets, and elaborate detectors analyze the resulting spray of debris to determine the architecture of the objects involved.

This is why particle accelerators use protons or electrons as probes, since their small size makes them much better suited to the task.

String theory adds the new microscopic layer of a vibrating loop to the previously known progression from atoms through protons, neutrons, electrons and quarks.

But in 1968 experimenters at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, making use of the increased capacity of technology to probe the microscopic depths of matter, found that protons and neutrons are not fundamental, either.

Far from being the most elementary material constituent, atoms consist of a nucleus, containing protons and neutrons, that is surrounded by a swarm of orbiting electrons.

The strong force, which keeps quarks locked up inside of protons and neutrons, arises from individual quarks exchanging gluons.

Baryons - protons and neutrons, the components of light, visible matter - and photinos - their dark matter analogues -existed largely independently of each other, interacting only through gravitational attraction.

His sense of time telescoped, so that he could watch the insect-like, fluttering decay of free neutrons - or step back and watch the grand, slow decomposition of protons themselves .

The neutrons absorbed the positrons to become protons, and the electrons were drawn off.

The electrons and protons have combined to make atoms, and the photons can move freely again!

An atom with one proton is an atom of hydrogen, one with two protons is helium, with three protons is lithium, and so on up the scale.

The way it was explained to me is that protons give an atom its identity, electrons its personality.

The number of neutrons is generally about the same as the number of protons, but they can vary up and down slightly.

There was also the problem of how protons with their positive charges could bundle together inside the nucleus without blowing themselves and the rest of the atom apart.

At such a rate, a single bacterium could theoretically produce more offspring in two days than there are protons in the universe.