magnetic quantum number


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magnetic quantum number

[mag′ned·ik ¦kwän·təm ‚nəm·bər]
(atomic physics)
The eigenvalue of the component of an angular momentum operator in a specified direction, such as that of an applied magnetic field, in units of Planck's constant divided by 2π.
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