synchrotron radiation


Definition of synchrotron radiation

: radiation emitted by high-energy charged relativistic particles (such as electrons) when they are accelerated by a magnetic field (as in a nebula)

Examples of synchrotron radiation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An international team of scientists used synchrotron radiation to image and analyze fossilized fish from the Tanis deposit in North Dakota. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 The limiting factor is a phenomenon known as synchrotron radiation. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 This radiation carries energy away from the fast-moving particle, and the: faster the particle goes, the greater its charge, the lower its mass, and the stronger the magnetic field, the more energetic this synchrotron radiation will be. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 The team took small samples from the black spot and analyzed them with X-ray fluorescence, synchrotron radiation powder x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and gas chromatography mass spectrometry, among other methods. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Dec. 2020 That's what makes synchrotron radiation particularly useful for analyzing art and other priceless artifacts, among other applications. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of synchrotron radiation

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for synchrotron radiation

from its having been first observed in a synchrotron

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“Synchrotron radiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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