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quantum mechanics

quantum mechanics,

n the application of quantum theory to statistical mechanics to explain the properties of matter when examined at the subatomic level. See also quantum.
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One approach to building even more compact circuitry uses quantum-mechanical effects.
However, it has its own mini-field as a result of its quantum-mechanical spin.
Such quantum-mechanical junctions are the foundation of a fledgling memory technology called magnetic random access memory, or MRAM.
It identifies chemicals in seconds by means of a quantum-mechanical phenomenon known as Raman scattering, the lab announced last month.
Moshammer says the findings decisively rule out both alternatives to rescattering--two or more electrons jumping ship simultaneously by the quantum-mechanical trick called tunneling or an atom spitting out additional electrons as an adjustment to the initial loss of an electron.
Physicists describe the link as a quantum-mechanical "see-saw.
Although extremely rudimentary today, such devices may eventually outdo conventional computers by exploiting the quantum-mechanical nature of matter.
Observing interference within each cloud's quantum-mechanical wave behavior yields a precise measurement of gravity at that position.
Atoms of the simplest element, hydrogen, have finally yielded to efforts to supercool them into a single quantum-mechanical state.
Electrons trapped within them exhibit energy levels and quantum-mechanical behavior similar to electrons in atoms.