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

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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 1 Aug. 2021.

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