Definition of particle accelerator in English:

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particle accelerator

Pronunciation: /ˈpärdəkəl əkˈseləˌrādər/ /akˈseləˌrādər/


An apparatus for accelerating subatomic particles to high velocities by means of electric or electromagnetic fields. The accelerated particles are generally made to collide with other particles, either as a research technique or for the generation of high-energy X-rays and gamma rays.
Example sentences
  • In 1983, this theory was confirmed by the direct observation of the heavy gauge bosons in the powerful particle accelerator at CERN in Geneva.
  • While at Brookhaven, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the world's largest particle accelerator for nuclear physics research, became operational.
  • They also improved the equipment used to detect these elements, and in 1939 scientists first used a cyclotron particle accelerator as a mass spectrometer.

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Syllabification: par·ti·cle ac·cel·er·a·tor

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