synchrotron radiation

synchrotron radiation

noun
electromagnetic radiation emitted by charged particles as they pass through magnetic fields.

Origin:
1960–65

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synchrotron radiation
 
n
electromagnetic radiation emitted in narrow beams tangential to the orbit of very high energy charged particles, such as electrons, spiralling along the lines of force in a strong magnetic field. It occurs in synchrotron accelerators and in many cosmic environments, such as radio galaxies and supernova remnants

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synchrotron radiation  
Electromagnetic radiation emitted by high-energy particles that are moving in a circular path, as in a synchrotron particle accelerator. Energy lost by synchrotron radiation increases rapidly as particles approach the speed of light.
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