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 The Uk can make a quantum jump to a square two squares above and one square to the left or right. Quanta Magazine, "Did the Chicken Come First or Is It Turtles All the Way Down?," 6 Feb. 2020 The first is the matter of discrete quantum jumps themselves. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Taming Quantum Weirdness’," 10 Mar. 2017 In other words, there’s a lot riding on the reality (or not) of quantum jumps. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Leaps, Long Assumed to Be Instantaneous, Take Time," 5 June 2019 To watch the quantum jump, the researchers had to retain this coherence. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Physicists See a Quantum Leap, Halt It, and Reverse It," 9 June 2019 In other words, there’s a lot riding on the reality (or not) of quantum jumps. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Leaps, Long Assumed to Be Instantaneous, Take Time," 5 June 2019 Does it happen instantaneously—the sudden quantum jump of Bohr and Heisenberg? Philip Ball, WIRED, "Physicists See a Quantum Leap, Halt It, and Reverse It," 9 June 2019 In other words, there’s a lot riding on the reality (or not) of quantum jumps. Wired, "Physicists See a Quantum Leap, Halt It, and Reverse It," 9 June 2019 That’s how the researchers were able to reverse a quantum jump in midflight. Quanta Magazine, "The Quantum Theory That Peels Away the Mystery of Measurement," 3 July 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 13 Aug. 2020.

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