pho·​non | \ˈfō-ˌnän \

Definition of phonon 

: a quantum of vibrational energy (as in a crystal)

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But some physicists see advantages to replacing the microwave resonator with a mechanical one that rings with quantized vibrations, or phonons. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Weird vibrations poised to control quantum computers," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of phonon

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phonon

phon- + -on entry 2

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