Eigenstate definition

īgən-stāt
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One of a set of quantum-mechanical descriptions of the possible state of a physical system, using the mathematics of eigenvectors and generally existing in a state of superposition until the moment of observation.
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Noun

Singular:
eigenstate
Plural:
eigenstates

Origin of eigenstate

  • eigen- (as in eigenvalue) state

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition