cyclotron

noun
cy·​clo·​tron | \ ˈsī-klə-ˌträn How to pronounce cyclotron (audio) \

Definition of cyclotron

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The major part of the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Orlando -- a cyclotron -- was delivered to the site last November. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Proton therapy center at Horizon West unfinished -- company out of money," 4 Dec. 2020 Voliva said students came away with experience working on equipment such as an electron cyclotron, which accelerates electrons exponentially. Janice Neumann, chicagotribune.com, "Lincoln-Way students team up with scientists at Argonne to study how gold transmits light," 6 Nov. 2020 Still, Lawrence’s cyclotrons allowed element hunters to take trillions of shots, and by 1937 one of his devices had created technetium (element No. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "The Histories Hidden in the Periodic Table," 27 Dec. 2019 Kamen and Ruben conducted their experiments using a strange-looking machine called a cyclotron. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Murder! Espionage! Cosmic Rays! The History of Carbon-14 Is Way More Thrilling Than You Think," 25 Feb. 2020 Like all elements first born in cyclotrons, technetium was radioactive. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, "The Histories Hidden in the Periodic Table," 27 Dec. 2019 The technology dates to the 1930s, subsumed by the cyclotron and later the synchrotron for some purposes, but still useful for many others. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Fifth Force of Nature Could Be Real and Fantastic," 20 Nov. 2019 IsoDAR will take a small cyclotron and use it as a driver to produce lithium-8 that decays, resulting in a very pure source of antielectron neutrinos. Quanta Magazine, "On a Hunt for a Ghost of a Particle," 8 Dec. 2016 Lederman first made his mark as a young physicist working at Columbia University's spanking-new cyclotron in the 1950s. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Nobel-prize winning physicist who coined “god particle” dead at 96," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cyclotron

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cyclotron

cycl- + -tron; from the circular movement of the particles

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The first known use of cyclotron was in 1935

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12 Dec 2020

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“Cyclotron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyclotron. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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cyclotron

noun
cy·​clo·​tron | \ ˈsī-klə-ˌträn How to pronounce cyclotron (audio) \

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

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