Computer Scientists Build Cellular Automaton Supercollider - Technology Review: Particles in a cellular automaton tend to move in straight lines so one challenge is to find ways to steer the beams so that they collide. Martinez and co solve this by routing beams past other virtual structures which behave like the magnets in real particle accelerators, kicking particles into line as they pass...
Martiniez and pals say these supercolliders can emulate a whole class of natural collisions that are otherwise difficult to model. They're thinking of things like kinks, breathers and solitons in molecular chains, phasons in quasi-crystals, kinks in ferromagnets and so on.
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