isospin

noun
iso·​spin | \ ˈī-sə-ˌspin How to pronounce isospin (audio) \

Definition of isospin

: a quantum characteristic of a group of closely related subatomic particles (such as a proton and a neutron) handled mathematically like ordinary spin with the possible orientations in a hypothetical space specifying the number of particles of differing electric charge comprising the group

called also isotopic spin

Examples of isospin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In theory, the amplitudes should obey certain relations that apply to the Standard Model, like isospin symmetry, but — as the LHCb collaboration has concluded — measurements show our observations to be inconsistent with those expectations. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of isospin

1961, in the meaning defined above

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“Isospin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/isospin. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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