The shortest possible wavelength that can be transmitted or sensed in an optical system. For example, lasers and optical receivers, as well as the human eye, have a quantum limit.
(physics) The limit on measurement accuracy at quantum scales due to back-action effects.
(spectroscopy) The shortest wavelength in an X-ray spectrum.
Attributive form of quantum limit, noun.
Origin of quantum-limit
- The spectroscopic sense is first attested in the 1920s; the measurement sense was coined by Vladimir Braginsky in a 1967 paper, and was originally restricted to the study of gravitational waves.