Thomas precession

noun

Definition of Thomas precession

: a precessional motion of the spin axis of an orbital electron caused by the interaction between the electron spin and the electric field of the nucleus

History and Etymology for Thomas precession

after L. H. Thomas, born 1903 American physicist (born in England) who discovered it

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“Thomas precession.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Thomas%20precession. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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