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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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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1945, in the meaning defined above

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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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