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

Examples of excited state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So on average the flipping takes the first qubit from its excited state to its ground state and draws energy out of the first qubit. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 The process repeats itself, generating a second annihilator in the triplet excited state. Tracy H. Schloemer, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Sep. 2023 This puts the atoms and molecules in an excited state. The Oregonian, oregonlive, 13 July 2023 This change means the BEC's quantum state has jumped from its ground state to its first excited state. Charles D. Brown Ii, Scientific American, 16 May 2023 Specifically, the surprisingly nuanced behavior of quantum jumps—the way a leap from the ground state to the excited state can be foretold—suggests a degree of predictability inherent to the quantum world that has never before been observed. Eleni Petrakou, Scientific American, 29 Dec. 2020 In jellyfish, an enzyme causes the oxidation of a light-emitting chemical compound, producing an unstable, excited state. Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2016 The characteristics of the UV light indicate that gases in some sections of the stream are in an excited state. Erika K. Carlson, Discover Magazine, 9 Oct. 2019 The quasiparticles are expected to quickly lose energy and so won't be able to transfer enough to raise a qubit from its ground state to its excited state. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of excited state was in 1927

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