ground state

noun

Definition of ground state 

: the state of a physical system (as of an atomic nucleus or an atom) having the least energy of all the possible states

called also ground level

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The state and energy are read out and used to contrive a new guess for the ground state configuration. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quantum computers reach deeper, find ground state of simple hydrides," 14 Sep. 2017 This kept the excited structure from relaxing back down to a ground state without emitting photons. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The dye whisperer: Meet the chemist giving biologists worldwide new colors," 10 Sep. 2017 Using this iterative algorithm, IBM’s quantum computer successfully calculated the ground state energy of all three molecules, setting a world record for quantum simulation, the team reports today in Nature. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Quantum computer simulates largest molecule yet, sparking hope of future drug discoveries," 13 Sep. 2017

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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