qua·​si·​par·​ti·​cle | \ ˌkwā-ˌzī-ˈpär-ti-kəl How to pronounce quasiparticle (audio) , -ˌsī-, ˌkwä-zē-, -sē- \

Definition of quasiparticle

: a composite entity (such as a vibration in a solid) that is analogous in its behavior to a single particle

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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile in the lab, as physicists push novel materials to new extremes, the quasiparticle zoo has grown quickly and become more and more exotic. Quanta Magazine, 24 Mar. 2021 Wilczek has previously coined terms like axions, anyons (quasiparticles that may be useful for quantum computing) and time crystals (structures that move in regular and repeating patterns without using energy). Quanta Magazine, 25 Sep. 2018 Sound is a mechanical oscillation made up of quasiparticles known as phonons. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 12 June 2019 There is no better demonstration of that than the world of quasiparticles. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 7 Mar. 2018 The quasiparticles produced here, called Majorana fermions, are their own antimatter. Shannon Palus, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2016 One possibility is a type of neutral quasiparticle known as a spinon, which carries spin and not charge. Maggie Mckee, WIRED, 24 June 2016

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First Known Use of quasiparticle

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Quasiparticle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasiparticle. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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