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bubble chamber

noun, Physics.
an apparatus for determining the movements of charged particles, consisting of a chamber containing a superheated transparent liquid that, by boiling and producing bubbles in the path of an ionizing particle, indicates the path of the particle.
Compare cloud chamber.
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bubble chamber
  • The bubble chamber picture of the first omega-minus.
  • Tracks of bubbles are created in the bubble chamber by the incident radiation.
  • Encapsulation of various detector components for deployment in bubble chamber.
  • These difficulties have impeded the use of the bubble chamber for neutron dosimetry or spectroscopy.
British Dictionary definitions for bubble chamber

bubble chamber

a device that enables the tracks of ionizing particles to be photographed as a row of bubbles in a superheated liquid. Immediately before the particles enter the chamber the pressure is reduced so that the ionized particles act as centres for small vapour bubbles
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bubble chamber in Science
bubble chamber
A device used to observe the paths of charged subatomic particles. A bubble chamber consists of a container filled with very dense fluid that is close to boiling. The moving particles create tracks of bubbles in the fluid that can be photographed and analyzed. Bubble chambers have been largely supplanted in laboratories by more sensitive particle detectors that do not rely on the human eye. Compare cloud chamber.
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