quantum jump


Definition of quantum jump

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

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Trapped inside the cavity, the scientists were able to observe its quantum jumps. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Can Save Schrödinger's Cat By Predicting Quantum Jumps," 7 June 2019 The events of photon absorption and emission represent quantum jumps, where the atom suddenly transitions from one state to another. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Following Schrödinger’s cat to its death and giving it a reprieve," 5 June 2019 Helping a nation of travelers President Carter’s quantum jump began with a small step from a predecessor in 1964. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 Nodell contributed 30 total points, 12 rebounds and seven assists her freshmen year, all while learning that women's college basketball is a quantum jump from the high-school game. Mike May, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Former Berean Christian School hoops girl makes strides at collegiate level," 25 June 2018 Dobbins' cuts reflect a quantum jump in quickness and field vision that lesser players lack. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and the open field of possibility ahead of him -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of quantum jump

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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