linear accelerator noun
: a device in which charged particles are accelerated in a straight line by successive impulses from a series of electric fields
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linear accelerator noun (Medical Dictionary)
: an accelerator in which particles are propelled in a straight line and receive successive increments of energy through the application of alternating potentials to a series of electrodes and gaps
linear accelerator noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Type of particle accelerator that imparts a series of relatively small increases in energy to subatomic particles as they pass through a sequence of alternating electric fields set up in a linear structure. The small accelerations add together to give the particles a greater energy than could be achieved by the voltage used in one section alone. One of the world's longest linacs is the 2-mi (3.2-km) machine at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, which can accelerate electrons to energies of 50 billion electron volts. Much smaller linacs, both proton and electron types, have important practical applications in medicine and industry.
Variants of LINEAR ACCELERATOR
linear accelerator or linac
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