photomultiplier tube

noun
pho·​to·​mul·​ti·​pli·​er tube | \ ˌfō-tō-ˈməl-tə-ˌplī(-ə)r- How to pronounce photomultiplier tube (audio) \

Definition of photomultiplier tube

: a vacuum tube that detects light especially from dim sources through the use of photoemission and successive instances of secondary emission to produce enough electrons to generate a useful current

called also photomultiplier

Examples of photomultiplier tube in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tank is lined with 13,000 photomultiplier tubes, which detect brief flashes of light when neutrinos speed through the tank. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2020 IceCube, an international observatory run by 300 scientists from 12 countries, consists of more than 5,000 sensitive photomultiplier tubes embedded in grid encompassing a cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 12 July 2018 The Florida team came up with a simpler approach using a cheap, low-power laser and a common light detector called a photomultiplier tube, which records the total intensity of photons falling on it. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of photomultiplier tube

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Photomultiplier tube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photomultiplier%20tube. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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photomultiplier tube

noun
pho·​to·​mul·​ti·​pli·​er tube | \ ˌfōt-ō-ˈməl-tə-ˌplī(-ə)r- How to pronounce photomultiplier tube (audio) \

Medical Definition of photomultiplier tube

: a vacuum tube that detects light especially from dim sources through the use of photoemission and successive instances of secondary emission to produce enough electrons to generate a useful current

called also photomultiplier

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