syn·chro·tron | \ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌträn, ˈsin-\

Definition of synchrotron 

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

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One of the core strengths of the Office of Science and the national lab complex is building and operating user facilities [such as x-ray synchrotrons, neutron sources, and atom smashers] for the broader community. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Undersecretary Paul Dabbar paints broad vision for Department of Energy science," 13 June 2018 The laboratory did not possess a beam with sufficient energy to track mercury on the plates, so Kozachuk turned to the synchrotron at Cornell University. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraits," 10 July 2018 At a synchrotron facility, Simoes and his colleagues identified features in the animal's brain case, collar bone and wrists that are unique to lizards. Sarah Kaplan,, "Meet the 240-million-year-old 'mother of all lizards'," 30 May 2018 Unlike conventional methods, the synchrotron can detect miniscule differences in fossilized bone density even in the outermost layers—essential in figuring out whether flight was possible. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Winged dinosaur Archaeopteryx may have been the first self-powered flier," 13 Mar. 2018 That’s why Currie and his colleagues scanned Halszkaraptor using a synchrotron, producing scans that are much higher in resolution. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How to Tell If a Dinosaur Is Fake," 8 Dec. 2017 The synchrotron also revealed a series of sharp teeth hidden in its mouth. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "This Duck-Like Dinosaur Could Swim. That Isn’t the Strangest Thing About it.," 6 Dec. 2017 Some two dozen Iranian scientists and engineers will train there, and the beamline will be shipped to Iran when its synchrotron is completed. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "United States blocks Iran from fusion megaproject," 31 Oct. 2017 Brazil’s new synchrotron light source — the Sirius project in Campinas — still needs an additional $70 million this year to stay on schedule for its first beam run in June 2018. Herton Escobar, Science | AAAS, "In Brazil, researchers struggle to fend off deepening budget cuts," 20 Oct. 2017

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1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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syn·chro·tron | \ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌträn, ˈsin- \

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: 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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