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In high energy physics experiments, an absorber is a block of material used to absorb some of the energy of an incident particle in an experiment. Absorbers can be made of a variety of materials, depending on the purpose; lead, tungsten and liquid hydrogen are common choices.[1] Most absorbers are used as part of a particle detector; particle accelerators use absorbers to reduce the radiation damage on accelerator components.[2]

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  1. ^ "Slide 1" (PDF). Physics.utoronoto.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-23.
  2. ^ E.H. Hoyer; W.C. Turner; N.V. Mokhov. "ABSORBERS FOR THE HIGH LUMINOSITY INSERTIONS OF THE LHC" (PDF). Accelconf.web.cern.ch. Retrieved 2016-12-23.