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electric charge

electric charge  

orsymbol: Q or q; the attribute of certain elementary particles that is responsible for electric phenomena. Electric charge may be of two kinds, positive or negative, which interact ...
electrostatic generator

electrostatic generator  

A device used to build up electric charge to an extreme potential usually for experimental purposes. The electrophorus and the Wimshurst machine were early examples; a more usual device now is the ...
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linear accelerator  

(linac) a machine that accelerates particles to produce high-energy radiation, used in the treatment (radiotherapy) of malignant disease.
tandem generator

tandem generator  

A type of particle generator, essentially consisting of a Van de Graaff generator that maintains one electrode at a high positive potential; this electrode is placed between two earthed electrodes. ...
Van de Graaff generator

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
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Encyclopedias
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70 words

Machine that generates high voltages by concentrating electrical charges on the outside of a hollow conductor. Positive or negative charges

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