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strange particle

Syllabification: strange par·ti·cle

Definition of strange particle in English:

noun

Physics
A subatomic particle classified as having a nonzero value for strangeness.
Example sentences
  • We now know that protons and pions are made up of up and down quarks, while these ‘strange particles’ have at least one of a new type of quark that is much like the down quark, only heavier.
  • The enhanced production of strange particles in heavy ion collisions is considered an important signature of the presence of a Quark-Gluon Plasma.
  • One of the huge tasks that the strangeness group is faced with is counting all the strange particles released from the collision.

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