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 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, "Study sheds new light on polar explorer’s final hours, 100+ years later," 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, "High-energy X-rays reveal the secrets of ancient Egyptian inks," 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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The first known use of synchrotron radiation was in 1956

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20 Jan 2021

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“Synchrotron radiation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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