linear accelerator


Definition of linear accelerator

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web The machine lifts Chase up and he is enclosed in the linear accelerator, the machine that will send high-energy X-rays to the tumors invading his head. Mykal Mceldowney, Indianapolis Star, "Chase and Sadie: In Cleveland to try to kill the tumors invading his head," 4 June 2020 Electrons are fired into a linear accelerator to boost their speeds and then injected into a storage ring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "X-rayed artifacts from famed shipwreck shed light on secrets of Tudor armor," 5 May 2020 Established in the 1960s, the Bates Lab is home to a linear accelerator, which has been used for countless research experiments over the years. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Did MIT Expose Researchers to Radiation?," 30 Oct. 2019 One of these multimegawatt linear accelerators is under construction in Germany. Maria Lovato,, "MIT physicists design an experiment to study the origin of oxygen in the universe," 27 Aug. 2019 And patterns that reified that idea began to emerge in data generated by proton collisions in the linear accelerators in California. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "Waiting for the Revolution," 24 May 2013 Matthew Nowicki, a Polish émigré architect, hoped to encircle the vexing roundabout with an elevated linear accelerator-cum-shopping center. Greg Goldin, New York Times, "10 Places That Define New York City, Reimagined," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of linear accelerator

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Linear accelerator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of linear accelerator

: 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

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