One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An electron tube that generates or amplifies microwaves by velocity modulation.
- ‘Microwave generation was by means of a klystron and the frequency was measured with a built-in frequency counter.’
- ‘Modern circular accelerators place klystrons and electromagnets around a circular copper tube to speed up particles.’
- ‘These klystrons will be replaced by devices designed to operate for a duration of 1000 s, which are currently being tested.’
- ‘The electrons travel through the klystron in cavities, where their speed is regulated.’
- ‘A storage ring has the same components as the main accelerator but with fewer klystrons.’
1930s: from Greek kluzein, klus- ‘wash over’ + -tron.
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