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Cyclotron Radiation

(radiation emitted when charged particles are accelerated)

Cyclotron Radiation is radiation emitted by a charged particle when it is accelerated and traveling at less than Relativistic Speed. It can be generated in magnetic fields in space. Characteristics:

  • A spike in the spectrum at the Frequency of the particle's orbit.
  • Harmonics at INTEGRAL factors.
  • Polarization characteristics dependent upon the directions of observation and of the the magnetic field.

The period of the particle's orbit is inversely proportional to the magnetic field, making such radiation a means detecting characteristics of magnetic fields.

Radiation from near-light-speed charged particles is called Synchrotron Radiation.


(physics,EMR,magnetism)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclotron_radiation

Referenced by:
Synchrotron Radiation

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