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Operation Terminology

Synchrotron

A circular machine that accelerates subatomic particles to high energy by radio frequency (RF) fields and constrained in a circular path of constant radius by a ring of electromagnets. The particles are made to move in constant circular orbits by magnetic forces that continually increase in magnitude. Fermilab's Booster accelerator, Main injector, and Tevatron are synchrotrons.

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