quantum limit


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quantum limit

[′kwän·təm ′lim·ət]
(spectroscopy)
The shortest wavelength present in a continuous x-ray spectrum. Also known as boundary wavelength; end radiation.
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quantum limit

The shortest possible wavelength that can be transmitted or sensed in an optical system. For example, lasers and optical receivers, as well as the human eye, have a quantum limit.
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(2004) Quantum-enhanced measurements: Beating the standard quantum limit. Science 306, 1330-1336.
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Kuzyk was the first to predict the fundamental physical limits on the nonlinear properties of molecular materials in 2000 and says that by approaching the quantum limit, the University of Toronto-Carleton team has succeeded where all other researchers have failed.