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a discrete particle (quantum) of radiant energy.
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pho·ton (hν, γ),(fō'ton),
In physics, a corpuscle of energy or particle of light; a quantum of light or other electromagnetic radiation.
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The elementary particle of light and other electromagnetic radiation; the quantum of electromagnetic energy. The photon is the massless, neutral vector boson that mediates electromagnetic interactions.
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physics A corpuscle of energy or particle of light; a quantum of light or other electromagnetic radiation.
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photona quantum of radiant energy with a wavelength in the visible range of the ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM.
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A light particle.
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The basic unit of radiant energy defined by the equation
E = hνwhere 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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In physics, corpuscle of energy or particle of light; a quantum of light or other electromagnetic radiation.
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