Bose-Einstein statistics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
variants: or less commonly Bose statistics

Definition of Bose-Einstein statistics

: quantum-mechanical statistics according to which subatomic particles of a given class (such as photons and pi-mesons) have a quantum-mechanical symmetry that in cases of thermal equilibrium tends to cause an accumulation of many particles of the same kind in each of the possible low-energy quantum-mechanical states

called also Einstein-Bose statistics

— compare fermi-dirac statistics

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History and Etymology for Bose-Einstein statistics

after Satyendra Nath Bose, †1974 Indian physicist and Albert Einstein †1955 American physicist born in Germany

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“Bose-Einstein statistics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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