atomic energy


: energy that is created by splitting apart the nuclei of atoms : nuclear energy

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Recent Examples on the Web Introduction To implement a quantum algorithm, the researchers first encode quantum information in a pair of atomic energy levels, using lasers to switch electrons between the levels. Philip Ball, Quanta Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 Republicans have traditionally backed atomic energy, but the survey found rising support among Democrats. Brad Plumer, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023 So the manner in which atomic energy was unleashed on the world was certainly very personal to Oppenheimer. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 20 July 2023 Our future certainly entails living with the legacy of nuclear war, atomic energy, nuclear medicine, and space travel. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 28 Aug. 2023 That was the end of Oppenheimer's career in government circles and of his ability to influence the future of atomic energy in the Cold War. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 20 July 2023 In the grand scheme of things, atomic energy almost certainly has a role to play in confronting the climate crisis. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023 But officials such as Environment Minister Steffi Lemke say the idea of a nuclear renaissance is a myth, citing data showing that atomic energy’s share of global electricity production is shrinking. Frank Jordans, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Apr. 2023 Warnings from Ukrainian officials and atomic energy experts about a potential disaster in southeastern Ukraine have gained urgency since the dam’s breach. Kostiantyn Khudov, Washington Post, 2 July 2023

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Medical Definition

atomic energy

: energy that can be liberated by changes in the nucleus of an atom (as by fission of a heavy nucleus or fusion of light nuclei into heavier ones with accompanying loss of mass)
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