bremsstrahlung


brems·strah·lung

noun \ˈbrem(p)-ˌshträ-ləŋ\

Definition of BREMSSTRAHLUNG

:  the electromagnetic radiation produced by the sudden retardation of a charged particle in an intense electric field (as of an atomic nucleus); also :  the process that produces such radiation

Origin of BREMSSTRAHLUNG

German, literally, decelerated radiation
First Known Use: 1939

bremsstrahlung

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Electromagnetic radiation produced by a sudden slowing down or deflection of charged particles, especially electrons, passing through matter in the vicinity of the strong electric fields of atomic nuclei. It occurs as cosmic rays pass through the Earth's atmosphere and accounts for continuous X-ray spectra.

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