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 From quasiparticle to qubit On their own, the Majorana zero modes aren't usable as qubits. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 Mar. 2022 The most prominent quasiparticle is probably the Cooper pair, in which two electrons are paired in a way that alters their behavior. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 Mar. 2022 That the two halves of an MZM quasiparticle can fuse into nothing — an empty vacuum — accounts for their name. Quanta Magazine, 29 Sep. 2021 A few years ago, two of the authors of the new paper — Ryo Hanai, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago, and Peter Littlewood, Hanai’s adviser — were investigating a kind of quasiparticle called a polariton. Quanta Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2022.

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