Definition of half-integer in English:

half-integer

Line breaks: half-integer

noun

  • A number obtained by dividing an odd integer by two ( 1/ 2, 1 1/ 2, 2 1/ 2, etc.).
    More example sentences
    • Some for example, had half-integer spins, while others had only integral spins.
    • Fermions are the particles that exhibit half-integer spin and satisfy the Pauli exclusion principle, while bosons exhibit integer spin and are not limited by the exclusion principle.
    • Although fermions have half-integer spin, the two together have integer spin, making the Cooper pair a ‘composite boson’.

Derivatives

half-integral

adjective
More example sentences
  • Those with half-integral spins were called fermions, while those with integral spins were classified as bosons.
  • Bosons have integral spin and fermions have half-integral spin, where spin is an internal quantum number.
  • Fermions have half-integral spins, and by the Pauli Exclusion Principle, no two identical particles can have exactly the same set of parameters, like energy, position, spin orientation etc., which describe a single quantum state.

More definitions of half-integer

Definition of half-integer in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space