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 (bā′tə-trŏn′, bē′-)
A magnetic induction electron accelerator capable of accelerating electrons to energies of several hundred million electron volts.


(Atomic Physics) a type of particle accelerator for producing high-energy beams of electrons, having an alternating magnetic field to keep the electrons in a circular orbit of fixed radius and accelerate them by magnetic induction. It produces energies of up to about 300 MeV


(ˈbeɪ təˌtrɒn; esp. Brit. ˈbi-)
an accelerator in which electrons are accelerated to high energies by an electric field.
[1940–45; beta (see beta particle) + -tron]
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Noun1.betatron - accelerates a continuous beam of electrons to high speeds by means of the electric field produced by changing magnetic flux
atom smasher, particle accelerator, accelerator - a scientific instrument that increases the kinetic energy of charged particles
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Relativistic electron beams from ultraintense laser plasma interactions can be conceived to be compact particle accelerators, inspiring a wide range of applications of unique particle beam and radiation sources as well as downsizing large-scale particle accelerators such as radiation sources of THz, (18) betatron X-ray radiation, (19) X-ray free electron lasers (20,21) and high-energy frontier colliders, (22, 23) some of which have been illustrated in the review article of this Journal.
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To avoid the slow crossing of betatron resonances associated with a typical low energy-gain per turn, the first FFAGs designed and constructed so far have been based on the "scaling" principle.