excited state


Definition of excited state

: a state of a physical system (such as an atomic nucleus, an atom, or a molecule) that is higher in energy than the ground state

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For both the excited states and the ground states, the energy difference between the two spin states is small enough that a sound vibration can flip the spin and change the qubit state. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Straining a diamond makes silicon-based qubit behave," 20 Sep. 2018 The other two are excited states, which also have a spin up and spin down separation, but are at a much higher energy than the ground states. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Straining a diamond makes silicon-based qubit behave," 20 Sep. 2018 This keeps the rubidium atoms diffuse, slow moving and in a highly excited state. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientists Create a New Form of Light by Linking Photons," 16 Feb. 2018 This puts the molecule into an energetically excited state. Kerry Hanson, Smithsonian, "How Sunscreen Protects Your Skin’s DNA," 31 May 2017

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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