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Students will use the experimental data collected by the ATLAS experiment at CERN to “discover” invisible particles and calculate their mass. For this purpose they will identify different lepton types and use Einstein’s famous equation for the equivalence of mass and energy. They will also us vector addition to add the momenta of several particles which are the decay products of the invisible particles. The particle they will be looking for is the particle responsible for the weak force, the Z boson.
Prior Knowledge Requirements
Einstein's mass and energy equivalency
Momentum and charge conservation
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