[ bey-tuh-tron or, especially British, bee- ]

  1. an accelerator in which electrons are accelerated to high energies by an electric field produced by a changing magnetic field.

Origin of betatron

1940–45; beta (see beta particle) + -tron

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British Dictionary definitions for betatron


/ (ˈbiːtəˌtrɒn) /

  1. a type of particle accelerator for producing high-energy beams of electrons, having an alternating magnetic field to keep the electrons in a circular orbit of fixed radius and accelerate them by magnetic induction. It produces energies of up to about 300 MeV

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Scientific definitions for betatron


[ tə-trŏn′ ]

  1. A type of particle accelerator that uses changing magnetic fields to accelerate electrons. Energies of several hundred million electron volts can be achieved in a betatron. See also particle accelerator.

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