runaway electron

runaway electron

[′rən·ə‚wā i′lek‚trän]
(electronics)
An electron, in an ionized gas to which an electric field is applied, that gains energy from the field faster than it loses energy by colliding with other particles in the gas.
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Suchfields have have been associated with runaway electrons capable of generating X-rays with energies of 100 KeV or more [33, p.
In a new theory he has presented at several scientific conferences, he argues that the runaway electrons thought to trigger lightning also produce gamma rays, which in turn collide with ordinary air particles to produce electrons and positrons.
These results provide strong evidence that the production of runaway electrons is an important process during lightning,'' the researchers wrote in the journal Science.
I'm sure it has something to do with runaway electrons and missing protons, and I don't care.
For instance, the damage of the first wall of tokamak reactor by the runaway electrons may cause a disaster.