atom smasher


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atom smasher

atom smasher

n
(Atomic Physics) physics the nontechnical name for accelerator2

par′ticle accel`erator


n.
an electrostatic or electromagnetic device, as a cyclotron, that produces high-energy particles and focuses them on a target. Also called accelerator.
[1945–50]
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Noun1.atom smasher - a scientific instrument that increases the kinetic energy of charged particlesatom smasher - a scientific instrument that increases the kinetic energy of charged particles
betatron, induction accelerator - accelerates a continuous beam of electrons to high speeds by means of the electric field produced by changing magnetic flux
charge-exchange accelerator - an accelerator in which high-energy ions escape from plasma following charge exchange
Cockcroft and Walton accelerator, Cockcroft and Walton voltage multiplier, Cockcroft-Walton accelerator, Cockcroft-Walton voltage multiplier - a high-voltage machine in which rectifiers charge capacitors that discharge and drive charged particles through an accelerating tube
collider - an accelerator in which two beams of particles are forced to collide head on
cyclotron - an accelerator that imparts energies of several million electron-volts to rapidly moving particles
linac, linear accelerator - ions are accelerated along a linear path by voltage differences on electrodes along the path
scientific instrument - an instrument used by scientists
storage ring - container consisting of a set of magnets set in a doughnut-shaped ring around which charged particles from an accelerator can be kept circulating until they are used
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atom smasher

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