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An electron, proton, or heavy-ion accelerator in which the paths of the particles accelerated are essentially straight lines rather than circles or spirals. Also called linac.
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(Nuclear Physics) an accelerator in which charged particles are accelerated along a linear path by potential differences applied to a number of electrodes along their path. Sometimes shortened to: linac
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an accelerator in which particles are propelled in straight paths by the use of alternating electric voltages.
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A device that accelerates charged subatomic particles, such as protons and electrons, in a straight line by means of alternating negative and positive impulses from electric fields. Linear accelerators are used to bring about high-speed particle collisions in order to study subatomic structures. Compare cyclotron.
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|Noun||1.||linear accelerator - ions are accelerated along a linear path by voltage differences on electrodes along the path|
atom smasher, particle accelerator, accelerator - a scientific instrument that increases the kinetic energy of charged particles
microwave linear accelerator - linear accelerator that uses microwaves
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