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No, you are right, they don't become infinitely heavy. They are not accelerated to c. But consider this: 7TeV (the energy a proton should have in LHC) is about 1e-6 J. A drop of water falling from a meter has less energy, and it makes SOUND when it falls. You put more than that in a proton. You have created a monster XD. Just to evaluate things, you know e=mc^2. Ok, now take that, and (without any physical meaning, just to have an idea of how much 7TeV is) you convert 7TeV in mass. What you get is something 10000 times heavier than a proton..
Could you please explain to me why the protons that are being sent around the collider at such speed do not become infinitely heavy?
Well, it seems that the particle does not really gain mass but energy.
Quote from: flr on 18/02/2010 16:37:04 Well, it seems that the particle does not really gain mass but energy.Is that kinetic energy?