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I Electrons producing gamma photons in accelerators

  1. Jul 10, 2016 #1
    When electrons produce photons in accelerators what is the mechanism called? and who was the first to do it?
     
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  3. Jul 10, 2016 #2

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    from wiki.....

    Particle accelerators[edit]
    With the development of the particle accelerator during the first half of the twentieth century, physicists began to delve deeper into the properties of subatomic particles.[60] The first successful attempt to accelerate electrons using electromagnetic induction was made in 1942 by Donald Kerst. His initial betatron reached energies of 2.3 MeV, while subsequent betatrons achieved 300 MeV. In 1947, synchrotron radiation was discovered with a 70 MeV electron synchrotron at General Electric. This radiation was caused by the acceleration of electrons, moving near the speed of light, through a magnetic field.
     
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