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electron multiplier

noun, Electronics.
a vacuum tube containing a number of dynodes that serve to amplify the flow of electrons from the cathode by means of secondary emission.
Origin of electron multiplier
1935-40 Unabridged
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electron multiplier

(physics) a device for amplifying and measuring a flux of electrons. Each electron hits an anode surface and releases secondary electrons that are accelerated to a second surface; after several such stages a measurable pulse of current is obtained
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electron-multiplier in Science
electron multiplier  
An electrical component in which a single electron can create a large current flow. Electron multipliers are used in photomultipliers, particle detectors, and electron microscopes. ◇ In tube electron multipliers, electrons released from a cathode collide with a dynode or anode, causing release of more electrons through secondary emission; this process is generally repeated through a number of stages to achieve great amplification of current. Electron multipliers are also called electron amplifiers.
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