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photomultiplier

[foh-tuh-muhl-tuh-plahy-er] /ˌfoʊ təˈmʌl təˌplaɪ ər/
noun
1.
an extremely sensitive detector of light and of other radiation, consisting of a tube in which the electrons released by radiation striking a photocathode are accelerated, greatly amplifying the signal obtainable from small quantities of radiation.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; photo- + multiplier
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Examples for photomultiplier
  • photomultiplier tubes detect the light and convert it into an electric signal, which is amplified and sent to a computer.
  • In a laboratory the intensity of that burst of luminescence can easily be measured with a device called a photomultiplier.
  • The photomultiplier tubes translate the light into a voltage.
  • It has single-sample capability and is not equipped with any type of electron multiplier or photomultiplier.
  • The photomultiplier tube bias voltage must be adjusted to maximize signal but minimize dark current.
  • Sensitive photomultiplier tubes line the detector walls, ready to amplify and record the telltale flashes.
  • Optical filters are inserted between the sample and photomultiplier tube to permit the recording of specific spectral regions.
British Dictionary definitions for photomultiplier

photomultiplier

/ˌfəʊtəʊˈmʌltɪˌplaɪə/
noun
1.
a device sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, consisting of a photocathode, from which electrons are released by incident photons, and an electron multiplier, which amplifies and produces a detectable pulse of current
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photomultiplier in Science
photomultiplier
  (fō'tō-mŭl'tə-plī'ər)   
An electrical device designed for the detection of weak electromagnetic radiation, usually light, by amplifying the energy of the photons that strike it into stronger electrical signals. Photomultipliers are used in night-vision technology and in telescopes to detect light not strong enough to be visible by the unaided eye. ◇ The most common photomultiplier is the tube photomultiplier; it exploits secondary emission of electrons in a vacuum tube in the manner of an electron multiplier. When radiation strikes the cathode of a tube photomultiplier, electrons called photoelectrons are emitted and attracted to positively charged electrodes called dynodes. When they collide with the dynode, more electrons are released; these are in turn attracted to another dynode at a higher voltage to release yet more electrons, and so on. At the end of this process, there is a current flow at the anode that is strong enough to be easily detected.
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