Born-Haber cycle


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Born-Haber cycle

[¦bȯrn ′hā·bər ‚sī·kəl]
(solid-state physics)
A sequence of chemical and physical processes by means of which the cohesive energy of an ionic crystal can be deduced from experimental quantities; it leads from an initial state in which a crystal is at zero pressure and 0 K to a final state which is an infinitely dilute gas of its constituent ions, also at zero pressure and 0 K.