quantum jump

noun

Definition of quantum jump

1 : an abrupt transition (as of an electron, an atom, or a molecule) from one discrete energy state to another

Examples of quantum jump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His dissertation upended Bohr’s quantum jump theory proposed over 100 years ago. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 The connection can be weak, in which case a quantum jump can also be predictable through the pause in clicks from the qubit’s side activity, in the way used by the Yale experiment. Eleni Petrakou, Scientific American, 29 Dec. 2020 The Uk can make a quantum jump to a square two squares above and one square to the left or right. Quanta Magazine, 6 Feb. 2020 The first is the matter of discrete quantum jumps themselves. Quanta Magazine, 10 Mar. 2017 In other words, there’s a lot riding on the reality (or not) of quantum jumps. Quanta Magazine, 5 June 2019 To watch the quantum jump, the researchers had to retain this coherence. Philip Ball, WIRED, 9 June 2019 In other words, there’s a lot riding on the reality (or not) of quantum jumps. Quanta Magazine, 5 June 2019 Does it happen instantaneously—the sudden quantum jump of Bohr and Heisenberg? Philip Ball, WIRED, 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of quantum jump

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quantum jump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantum%20jump. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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