Pauli exclusion principle


Pau·​li exclusion principle ˈpau̇-lē- How to pronounce Pauli exclusion principle (audio)
: exclusion principle

called also Pauli principle

Examples of Pauli exclusion principle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fermions must obey the Pauli exclusion principle, which means two fermions cannot share the same quantum state. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 It’s built off the Pauli exclusion principle. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 24 Nov. 2021 This is the essence of the Pauli exclusion principle, which finds its epitome in electrons. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 12 May 2021

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Word History


Wolfgang Pauli

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Pauli exclusion principle was in 1926

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“Pauli exclusion principle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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