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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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