synchrotron

noun

syn·​chro·​tron ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌträn How to pronounce synchrotron (audio)
ˈsin-
1
: an apparatus for imparting very high speeds to charged particles by means of a combination of a high-frequency electric field and a low-frequency magnetic field
2

Examples of synchrotron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is because the jet runs on synchrotron emissions generated when pulsar winds collide with blobs of accreting material closest to the pulsar itself. Elizabeth Rayne, Ars Technica, 6 Oct. 2023 Li wants to make the technique more accessible to scientists by testing the technique using laboratory-scale X-ray sources instead of rare bright synchrotrons like SLAC. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Jan. 2024 Researchers often do that by first inspecting new materials and chemicals with high-powered X-rays from a synchrotron. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Jan. 2024 In addition to capturing much of its external anatomy in exquisite detail, the researchers were able to image its interior using radiation from a synchrotron, a type of circular particle accelerator. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 27 Sep. 2023 Applications such as synchrotron light sources, free electron lasers, and searches for lightweight dark matter appear with billion electron-volt electrons. IEEE Spectrum, 24 Oct. 2023 The scientists peered into its atomic structure using X-rays in a synchrotron, a large machine that accelerates particles to almost the speed of light. John Leicester, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2023 Other light sources like synchrotrons can certainly generate X-rays, but X-ray free-electron lasers have the advantage of creating very bright, very fast X-ray bursts, on the order of femtoseconds. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Sep. 2023 Chris Takacs, a post-doc research fellow at SLAC who is a member of Toney’s team, has been testing one company’s batteries using one of these small battery packages and the X-rays from SLAC’s synchrotron. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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synchrotron

noun
syn·​chro·​tron ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌträn, ˈsin- How to pronounce synchrotron (audio)
: an apparatus for imparting very high speeds to charged particles by means of a combination of a high-frequency electric field and a low-frequency magnetic field

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