quantum jump definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Abrupt change from one energy level to another, especially such a change in the orbit of an electron with the loss or gain of a quantum of energy.
- A quantum leap.
quantum jump - Science Definition
A change from one quantum state to another, as when an electron orbiting a nucleus moves from one shell to another with the loss or gain of a quantum of energy.