exciton

noun
ex·​ci·​ton | \ ˈek-sə-ˌtän How to pronounce exciton (audio) , -ˌsī- \

Definition of exciton

: a mobile combination of an electron and a hole in an excited crystal (as of a semiconductor)

Other Words from exciton

excitonic \ ˌek-​sə-​ˈtä-​nik How to pronounce exciton (audio) , -​ˌsī-​ \ adjective

Examples of exciton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers blasted the semiconductor layers with laser light to create a particle-like entity called an exciton. Quanta Magazine, 12 Aug. 2021 But this work was only meant as a proof of concept of exciton fission in a solar cell. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of exciton

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exciton

International Scientific Vocabulary excitation + -on entry 2

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“Exciton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exciton. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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