synchrotron

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  • A particle accelerator similar to a cyclotron, and in which the frequency of the field is adjusted so as to compensate for the increased mass of the particles as their speed approaches that of light. A proton synchrotron accelerates protons, an electron synchrotron accelerates electrons, and there are specialized variations, such as tevatrons, which can generate energies in excess of 1 TeV.
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