heavy-ion linear accelerator
heavy-ion linear accelerator[′hev·ē ¦ī‚än ¦lin·ē·ər ak′sel·ə‚rād·ər]
A linear accelerator which produces a beam of heavy particles of high intensity and sharp energy; used to produce transuranic elements and short-lived isotopes, and to study nuclear reactions, nuclear spectroscopy, and the absorption of heavy ions in matter. Also known as heavy-ion linac; hilac.
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