Brillouin zone

Bril·​louin zone | \ ¦brēyə¦waⁿ- \

Definition of Brillouin zone

in solid state theory
: 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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History and Etymology for Brillouin zone

after Louis M. Brillouin †1948 French physicist

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“Brillouin zone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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