quantum defect


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quantum defect

[′kwän·təm ′dē‚fekt]
(atomic physics)
The difference between the principal quantum number of an atomic energy level and the effective quantum number obtained by fitting with a Rydberg formula the energy required to ionize the atom from that level.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The latter effect reduces the quantum defect and subsequent heat generation in the active area.