The spiraling pattern on the left is from the electron that was knocked out by the muon.

On the right you see a looping clockwise pattern formed by the lightest positive pion.

Particles can be classified as positive or negative depending on whether they are spiraling in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. The curvature of the spiral depends on the ratio of charge to mass. The electron?s spiral is so tight because the electron has a low mass; the track of the positive pion bends more slowly because it has greater mass.

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