cyclotron

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cy·clo·tron

noun \ˈsī-klə-ˌträn\

Definition of CYCLOTRON

:  an accelerator in which charged particles (as protons, deuterons, or ions) are propelled by an alternating electric field in a constant magnetic field

Origin of CYCLOTRON

cycl- + -tron; from the circular movement of the particles
First Known Use: 1935

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cy·clo·tron

noun \ˈsī-klə-ˌträn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CYCLOTRON

: an accelerator in which charged particles (as protons, deuterons, or ions) are propelled by an alternating electric field in a constant magnetic field

cyclotron

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Particle accelerator that accelerates charged atomic or subatomic particles in a constant magnetic field. It consists of two hollow semicircular electrodes, called dees, in a large evacuated cylindrical box. An alternating electric field between the dees continuously accelerates the particles from one dee to the other, while the magnetic field guides them in a circular path. As the speed of the particles increases, so does the radius of their path, and the particles spiral outward. In this manner, a cyclotron can accelerate protons to energies of up to 25 million electron volts.

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