ionization front accelerator

ionization front accelerator

[‚ī·ə·nə′zā·shən ‚frənt ik′sel·ə‚rād·ər]
(nucleonics)
A particle accelerator in which the negative charge at the front of an intense relativistic electron beam is used to trap, focus, and accelerate a bunch of ions to high energies.
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The Sandia concept, called the Ionization Front Accelerator (IFA), does not suffer this disadvantage.