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noun Radio.
  1. a conducting enclosure, usually cylindrical, held at a constant potential so that electrons or charged particles within will experience no force, and therefore no change in velocity.Compare Klystron.
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drift tube

noun
  1. physics a hollow cylindrical electrode to which a radio-frequency voltage is applied in a linear accelerator
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