Brillouin zone

noun Bril·louin zone \¦brēyə¦waⁿ-\

Definition of Brillouin zone

in solid state theory

  1. :  one of the limited ranges within which the energy and momentum of an electron in a metallic crystal may vary continuously without any quantum jumps

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Origin and Etymology of brillouin zone

after Louis M. Brillouin †1948 French physicist


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