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Physics  1999 

Will relativistic heavy-ion colliders destroy our planet?

DOI: 10.1016/S0370-2693(99)01307-6

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Experiments at the Brookhaven National Laboratory will study collisions between gold nuclei at unprecedented energies. The concern has been voiced that ``strangelets''-hypothetical products of these collisions - may trigger the destruction of our planet. We show how naturally occurring heavy-ion collisions can be used to derive a safe and stringent upper bound on the risk incurred in running these experiments.


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