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charged particle

n. 1 (context physics English) any particle, especially a subatomic particle, that carries an electric charge 2 (context chemistry English) an ion

Charged particle

In physics, a charged particle is a particle with an electric charge. It may be an ion, such as a molecule or atom with a surplus or deficit of electrons relative to protons. It can be the electrons and protons themselves, as well as other elementary particles, like positrons. It may also be an atomic nucleus devoid of electrons, such as an alpha particle, a helium nucleus. Neutrons have no charge, so they are not charged particles unless they are part of a positively charged nucleus. Plasmas are a collection of charged particles, atomic nuclei and separated electrons, but can also be a gas containing a significant proportion of charged particles. Plasma is called the fourth state of matter because its properties are quite different from solids, liquids and gases.

Usage examples of "charged particle".

It is undoubtedly related to the size of the charged particle bundles.

For example, when one electrically charged particle repels another of like electric charge, you can think of it roughly in terms of each particle being surrounded by an electric field—.

Well, though the proton was the simplest stable positively charged particle known to occur, it was not the only one.

The fire control console, he smashed it with the wrench, there would be no way to fire and release the charged particle.

In theory, the resulting proton should have retained the same hidden structure, but Yatima hadn't made any provision to capture it, and the whole machine would have had to be rebuilt to handle a charged particle.

I had no doubt that the rifle would work perfectly in hard vacuum -- either flechette cloud, energy lance, charged particle beam, solid slug, or hyper-k.

When a charged particle bounces from one magnetic pole to the other, it must cross the equatorial plane of Saturn.

In the sky overhead, a pair of Warlock fighters stooped out of the crystalline morning sky like silver-black hawks, pounding at the fortress with charged particle beams.

Every charged particle followed the magnetic field lines and traveled harmlessly around and past the suit's surface.

An occasional charged particle or blaster beam lanced through the gathering gloom, still distant but all too visible, eerie green or red shafts of ionized air that Den imagined he could hear sizzling through the burning swamp.

It will be traveling at such a tremendous speed, its actions will be rather like those of a charged particle caught in a magnetic field, and as the field opens out, it will be flung upward, back toward Helios .