hyperfine structure

[ hahy-per-fahyn, hahy- ]
/ ˈhaɪ pərˈfaɪn, ˌhaɪ- /

noun Physics.

the splitting of the lines of an atomic spectrum, produced by the angular momentum of the nucleus of the atom.

Origin of hyperfine structure

First recorded in 1925–30; hyper- + fine1
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British Dictionary definitions for hyperfine structure

hyperfine structure

/ (ˈhaɪpəˌfaɪn) /


the splitting of a spectral line of an atom or molecule into two or more closely spaced components as a result of interaction of the electrons with the magnetic moments of the nucleiCompare fine structure See also Zeeman effect
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