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Operation Terminology

Transition

Transition is the point in a synchrotron machine's cycle where all particles, regardless of their slight differences in momentum, take exactly the same amount of time to circle the machine. At this point the phase of the RF voltage with respect to the synchronous particle must be changed for the beam to remain stable. The machine's lattice determines where this energy occurs.

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