Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Quantum

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_9682

\kwän-tәm\ n [L, neuter of quantus] (1567) Unit quantity of energy postulated in the quantum theory. The photon is a quantum of the electromagnetic field, and in nuclear field theories, the meson is considered to be the quantum of the nuclear field.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA