free-electron laser

noun

free-elec·​tron laser ˈfrē-i-ˈlek-ˌträn- How to pronounce free-electron laser (audio)
: a laser that can be tuned over a wide range of frequencies and that produces electromagnetic radiation by the motion of electrons moving at relativistic velocities in a magnetic field

Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of free-electron laser was in 1978

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“Free-electron laser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/free-electron%20laser. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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