ballistic transport

noun

physics
: a phenomenon in physics where electrons travel at high speeds within a medium (such as a semiconductor) without scattering off of obstacles (such as atoms or other electrons)
Small conventional devices have been demonstrated to enter an ultra-high-speed mode of conduction called ballistic transport.Predicasts Technology Update, 29 Jan. 1983

Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ballistic transport was in 1979

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“Ballistic transport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ballistic%20transport. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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