Planck's constant

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Planck's constant (h)

Etymology: Max Planck, German physicist, 1858-1947
a fundamental physical constant that relates the energy of radiation to its frequency. It is expressed as 6.63 × 10-27 erg-seconds or 6.63 × 10-34 joule-seconds. See also photon.


The basic unit of radiant energy defined by the equation
E = hν
where h is Planck's constant (6.62 ✕ 10−34 joule ✕ second), ν the frequency of the light and E the energy difference carried away by the emission of a single photon of light. The term photon usually refers to visible light whereas the term quantum refers to other electromagnetic radiations. See quantum theory; wave theory; troland.
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