betatron

noun

be·​ta·​tron ˈbā-tə-ˌträn How to pronounce betatron (audio)
: an accelerator in which electrons are propelled by the inductive action of a rapidly varying magnetic field

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First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of betatron was in 1941

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“Betatron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/betatron. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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betatron

noun
be·​ta·​tron ˈbāt-ə-ˌträn How to pronounce betatron (audio)
: a device that speeds up electrons by the action of a rapidly changing magnetic field

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