photon [ foh-ton ] SHOW IPA / ˈfoʊ tɒn / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a quantum of electromagnetic radiation, usually considered as an elementary particle that is its own antiparticle and that has zero rest mass and charge and a spin of one. : γ Symbol Origin of photon
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When the gamma rays enter the sleeve, they interact with that
photon gas, annihilating into electron-positron pairs.
The medicine worked because the
photon–the quantum bundle of light and the carrier of the electromagnetic force–has no mass.
Among his pastimes was designing a solar-power car, the
"Well, you know what happens when a
photon comes in contact with the atomic structure of matter," Kato said.
Or there may be an inelastic collision, when the
photon hits an atom and knocks out an electron—the old photoelectric effect.
There were hundreds of scintillations, each caused by a nuclear particle or
photon striking the screen.
photon may be retained for a while and emitted again relatively unchanged—the effect observed in luminous paint. British Dictionary definitions for photon noun a quantum of electromagnetic radiation, regarded as a particle with zero rest mass and charge, unit spin, and energy equal to the product of the frequency of the radiation and the Planck constant
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Word Origin and History for photon n.
"unit of electromagnetic radiation," 1926 in modern sense, from
photo- "light" + -on "unit."
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Medicine definitions for photon n. The quantum of electromagnetic energy, generally regarded as a discrete particle having zero mass, no electric charge, and an indefinitely long lifetime. Related forms pho•ton ′ic adj.
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Science definitions for photon The subatomic particle that carries the electromagnetic force and is the quantum of electromagnetic radiation. The photon has a rest mass of zero, but has measurable momentum, exhibits deflection by a gravitational field, and can exert a force. It has no electric charge, has an indefinitely long lifetime, and is its own antiparticle. See Note at electromagnetic radiation. See Table at subatomic particle.
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Culture definitions for photon
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