from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A magnetic induction electron accelerator capable of accelerating electrons to energies of several hundred million electron volts.

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  • n. A form of cyclotron used to accelerate electrons to high speed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a type of particle accelerator which accelerates a continuous beam of electrons to high speeds by means of the electric field produced by changing magnetic flux.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. accelerates a continuous beam of electrons to high speeds by means of the electric field produced by changing magnetic flux


Blend of beta particle and cyclotron (Wiktionary)


  • After fifteen minutes under full pressure . . . the radiologist turns on the betatron and shoots radiation at the tumor.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • As a team of six doctors, nurses, and technicians hover at chamber-side, the radiologist maneuvers a betatron into position.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • A precursor to the Canadian Light Source synchrotron now located at the university, the betatron used magnets to accelerate electrons to an energy level of 25 million electron volts.

    The cobalt bomb

  • He convinced me to turn to this new very promising field of physics and I soon participated in the first test measurements at the 6 MeV betatron at the Siemens laboratory.

    Wolfgang Paul - Autobiography

  • When we heard of the development of the betatron by D. Kerst in the United States and also of a similar development by Gund at the Siemens company,

    Wolfgang Paul - Autobiography

  • Human flesh couldn't stand many months in a stretch of the cosmic radiation that sleeted through these spaces, the synchrotron and betatron and Cerenkov quanta that boiled from particles hurled in the gas across the intertwining magnetism of atoms and suns.


  • He hurried away to the shield around the target of the betatron, left open by Erickson.

    The Past Through Tomorrow

  • Erickson got up from where he had been fussing over the power leads to their trigger a modified betatron rather than a resonant accelerator.

    The Past Through Tomorrow

  • Laboratory, he worked on indirect methods for producing fast particles, working on the linear accelerator and on what was later to become known as the betatron.

    Ernest T.S. Walton - Biography

  • They'd try some of that stuff out with the big betatron at Smolensk, and a microsecond after they'd throw the switch,

    The Mercenaries


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