Lamb-shift definition

(physics) A small difference in energy between two energy levels of the hydrogen atom in quantum electrodynamics, which can be interpreted as the influence of virtual photons that have been emitted and re-absorbed.
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Noun

Singular:
lamb-shift
Plural:
lamb-shifts

Origin of lamb-shift

  • Named after Willis Lamb (1913-2008).

    From Wiktionary