heavy ion


noun

the nucleus of a heavy element.
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heavy ion


The nucleus of a heavy element, such as gold. Collisions of heavy ions are induced in particle accelerators to explore the internal structure quark structure of the nuclei; recent experiments suggest that the extremely high temperatures generated by such collisions can create a short-lived plasma of quarks and gluons.
A charged microscopic particle that forms when ions attach to a dust mote or similar object.
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