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

  • n. An accelerator in which charged particles are accelerated around a fixed circular path by an electric field and held to the path by an increasing magnetic field.

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  • n. A form of cyclotron in which charged particles are accelerated by an electric field that is synchronized with a magnetic field that keeps them in a circular path.

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  • n. cyclotron in which the electric field is maintained at a constant frequency


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From synchro- + -tron.


  • The team have until the 7 August this year to scrutinise the palimpsest, before the synchrotron is switched off for maintenance.

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  • The radio jets emit what is known as synchrotron radiation, which is generated by relativistic moving near the speed of light charged particles traveling on a curved path.

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  • If the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) has its way, the 'synchrotron' - a high-energy electron-accelerator typically hundreds of metres in diameter and a tool used in several streams of scientific research - could soon be constructed on its new Chitradurga campus.

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  • Recent reports have revealed that the IISc plans the construction of a 'synchrotron' - a large and high-energy electron-accelerator, which is used as a tool in several streams of scientific research - at the Chitradurga campus.


  • Mr. Robert Jackson (Wantage) (Labour): Will my right honourable friend accept an invitation to visit the Rutherford Appleton laboratory in my constituency to see the new Diamond synchrotron, which is nearing completion there?


  • As any charged particle is made to travel along a curved path, it loses some of its energy as radiation called synchrotron radiation; this has turned out to be a useful source of high energy photons, which is why many older accelerators have been put back into service for imaging purposes.

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  • In the jet, electrons and positrons moving at a substantial fraction of light speed emit the radiation as they encounter magnetic fields, a process called synchrotron emission. - latest science and technology news stories

  • She measured the zinc content of the eggs using a technique called synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence microscopy through collaboration with the Advanced Photon

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  • Using a powerful microscope called a synchrotron, he said the team can locate several different minerals in grains simultaneously, and also provide information about their concentration, complexation (how the metallic elements are arranged) and digestibility.

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  • In each of the first three scenarios, the polarisation is generated by what is called synchrotron radiation.

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  • "A synchrotron is a massive machine that produces beams of intense light that can probe the physical structure of materials as minute as atoms and molecules. It is used for research in areas as diverse as forensic science, biotechnology, drug design, toxicology, food technology, engineering and medical therapies."

    - Carmel Egan, Stinkatron: chaos at the top,, 8 Nov 2009.

    November 8, 2009