What do particle physicists see when collisions happen?

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While it'd be great to just see an amazing "collision" on screen and then watch a neon green particle appear that's never been spotted before, don't discount how exciting it must be for particle physicists in reality. Getting a whole bunch of data that points to something spectacular must be thrilling, in its own right, even if it doesn't mean a particle waving at you on the big screen.

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