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What’s really happening during an LHC collision?

It’s less of a collision and more of a symphony. The Large Hadron Collider is definitely large. With a 17-mile circumference, it is the biggest collider on the planet. But the latter fraction of its name is a little misleading. That’s because what collides in the LHC are the tiny pieces inside the hadrons, not the hadrons themselves. Hadrons are composite particles made up of quarks and gluons.
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