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bremsstrahlung

[brem-shtrah-luh ng]
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noun Physics.
  1. radiation emitted by a charged particle when accelerating, as x-rays emitted by an electron that is scattered by a nucleus.

Origin of bremsstrahlung

1940–45; < German, equivalent to Brems(e) brake + Strahlung radiation
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British Dictionary definitions for bremsstrahlung

bremsstrahlung

noun
  1. the radiation produced when an electrically charged particle, especially an electron, is slowed down by the electric field of an atomic nucleus or an atomic ion

Word Origin

C20: German: braking radiation
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