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The computer reconstruction

Detectors record millions of points of data during collision events. For this reason, it is necessary to let a computer look at this data, and figure out the most likely particle paths and decays, as well as anomalies from the expected behavior.

This is a computer reconstruction of a proton-antiproton collision event that produced an electron-positron pair as well as many other particles. This particular event, and many other like it, provided evidence for the Z boson, one of the carrier particles for the collision producing top quarks.

It is through analysis of events like these that physicists have found evidence for the Standard Model.