po·​lar·​on ˈpō-lə-ˌrän How to pronounce polaron (audio)
: a conducting electron in an ionic crystal together with the induced polarization of the surrounding lattice

Examples of polaron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given that polarons can last for about 11 nanoseconds, the scientists think that acoustic exciton-polarons could cover more than 25 micrometers before scattering. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Nov. 2023

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International Scientific Vocabulary polar + -on entry 2

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of polaron was in 1946

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“Polaron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polaron. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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