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# graviton

[ **grav**-i-ton ]

## noun

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*Physics.*- the theoretical quantum of gravitation, usually assumed to be an elementary particle that is its own antiparticle and that has zero rest mass and charge and a spin of two.

graviton

/ ˈɡrævɪˌtɒn /

## noun

- a postulated quantum of gravitational energy, usually considered to be a particle with zero charge and rest mass and a spin of 2 Compare photon

graviton

/ grăv**′**ĭ-tŏn′ /

- A hypothetical particle postulated in supergravity theory to be the quantum of gravitational interaction, mediating the gravitational force. Like all
**force carriers**, the graviton is a boson. It is presumed to have an indefinitely long lifetime, zero electric charge, a spin of 2, and zero rest mass (thus travelling at the speed of light). The graviton has never been detected. - See also supersymmetrySee Table at subatomic particle

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of graviton^{1}

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## Example Sentences

In the 1930s, Wolfgang Pauli and Markus Fierz proposed a graviton with mass.

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When you start thinking about gravity in terms of gravitons, you find that all of these pillars actually emerge just by requiring the theory to be stable.

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In fact, Parikh, Wilczek and Zahariade found that the noise increases exponentially the more the gravitons are squeezed.

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Many physicists assume that gravitons exist, but few think that we will ever see them.

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They found that one quantum state in particular, called a squeezed state, produces a much more pronounced graviton noise.

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