Why is the Large Hadron Collider so called?

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Why is the Large Hadron Collider so called?
« on: 27/03/2011 02:30:03 »
Steve Nerlich  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Folks,

Is the Large Hadron Collider so named because it's:

a) A very big collider of hadrons; or
b) A collider of very big hadrons?

Thanks!

Steve

What do you think?
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Why is the Large Hadron Collider so called?
« Reply #1 on: 27/03/2011 13:07:13 »
In some ways both!  Because it can collide both protons which are simplest stable hadrons and lead nucleii which are the largest and heaviest stable hadrons.  So a question that starts out as a play on words turns out to be fully accurate!   [;D]
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