quantum dot

noun
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of quantum dot

: a semiconductor nanocrystal exhibiting quantum mechanical effects that allow it to mimic the properties of an atom
  • The quantum dot is a semiconducting (or metallic) region so tiny that it is essentially confined in all three dimensions; like an atom, it contains a finite number of charges and has discrete energy levels.
  • —Barbara Goss Levi

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1985

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