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Name: Mark s scheiber
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How do you split an atom?



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One way is to strip off a bunch of its electrons with light pulses or with charged plates...and then send it to circulate through a curved magnetic field (since the atom has lost some electrons, it is now charged, and charged particles speed up when you put them into a curved magnetic field). When you get the atom going really really fast, change the field and let the particle slam into a target. Sort of like throwing an alarm clock against a wall really hard.... the atom smashes open and we see its "insides" come screaming out (using a special detector).

This is called a "particle accelerator," by the way.

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