bubble chamber


: a chamber of superheated liquid in which the path of an ionizing particle is made visible by a string of vapor bubbles

Examples of bubble chamber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, neutrinos are detected in a bubble chamber, 2003. Robert Lea, Popular Mechanics, 3 Aug. 2023 Contributed to the Manhattan Project and several key government radar projects in World War II; won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on a liquid hydrogen bubble chamber. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2017 In 1960, Glaser won a Nobel Prize for inventing the bubble chamber, a device used to trace the path of subatomic particles. Evan MacDonald, cleveland, 26 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bubble chamber was in 1953

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“Bubble chamber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bubble%20chamber. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

bubble chamber

: a chamber of heated liquid in which the path of a charged particle is made visible by a string of vapor bubbles

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