magnetron

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magnetron

[mag′nətron]
Etymology: Gk, magnesia, lodestone, trum, device
a source of microwave energy used in medical linear accelerators to accelerate electrons to the therapeutic energies.

mag·ne·tron

(mag'nĕ-tron)
Device within a linear accelerator that serves as a microwave amplifier and oscillator.
See also: klystron
[magnet + -tron fr. electron]
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Appointed Professor of Physics at the University of Birmingham in 1937, he oversaw the invention of the cavity magnetron developed by his researchers Randall and Boot in February 1940 in Birmingham.
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