crossed-field accelerator

crossed-field accelerator

[′krȯst ‚fēld ik′sel·ə‚rād·ər]
(aerospace engineering)
A plasma engine for space travel in which plasma serves as a conductor to carry current across a magnetic field, so that a resultant force is exerted on the plasma.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.