quantum jump

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quantum jump

[′kwän·təm ′jəmp]
(quantum mechanics)
The transition of a quantum system from one stationary state to another, accompanied by emission or absorption of energy.
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The electron in such a state, however, will quickly spit out a real photon of light and quantum jump back to the ground state.
There is the natural development which happens if the system is left undisturbed, and there are the quantum jumps which occur at a measurement, representing the inevitable disturbance caused by observation," he writes.
Thus the problems and goals of these pioneers are very similar to those in modern rubber literature, even though the techniques and tools available have undergone quantum jumps of evolution.

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