conservation of angular momentum


Also found in: Acronyms.

conservation of angular momentum

[‚kän·sər′vā·shən əv ′aŋ·gyə·lər mə′men·təm]
(mechanics)
The principle that, when a physical system is subject only to internal forces that bodies in the system exert on each other, the total angular momentum of the system remains constant, provided that both spin and orbital angular momentum are taken into account.
References in periodicals archive ?
Far more important is the conservation of angular momentum under the influence of the Coriolis Effect.
As discussed in Section 4, in quantum mechanics the perfect anticorrelations invoked in theorem 1 emerge from conservation of angular momentum, which in turn follows from rotational invariance.
B) For those particles, the perfect anticorrelations invoked in theorem 1 follow, in part, from conservation of angular momentum.
As different as these objects are, they all take their shape for the same reason: conservation of angular momentum in a rotating system of stuff that can't get rid of it.
We believe that the true situation is the latter, namely, the law of conservation of momentum and the law of conservation of angular momentum are not true in some cases (or their results are contradicted to the law of conservation of energy).
It's actually down to the conservation of angular momentum.
Conservation of angular momentum is a fundamental property of nature, one that astronomers use to detect the presence of satellites circling distant planets.
The conservation of energy (12) follows again, while for the conservation of angular momentum we find
Conservation of angular momentum dictates that if the star was rotating, the resulting black hole should rotate even faster.
Conservation of angular momentum requires the photon to possess a spin, as given by the present theory but not by the conventional one.
Conservation of angular momentum demands that if some gas flows inward, other gas must flow outward.
This is due to the conservation of angular momentum, the same principle that causes figure skates to spin faster as they pull in their arms.

Full browser ?