Definition of thermalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈθəːm(ə)lʌɪz/
(also thermalise)


Attain or cause to attain thermal equilibrium with the environment: [with object]: epithermal neutrons are thermalized at depths where tumours tend to grow
More example sentences
  • Once the electrons have thermalized, the ions are initially frozen in place because of their relatively large mass and low temperature.
  • If the cosmic microwave background is at such a uniform temperature, it should mean that the photons have been thermalized through repeated particle collisions.
  • Radiation can only be so uniform if the photons have been mixed around a lot, or thermalized, through particle collisions.



Example sentences
  • The collisional thermalization between electrons and ions is very slow, due to the large difference in their masses, and it occurs on a millisecond timescale.
  • The magnitude of the observed anisotropic flow effect is sensitive to the degree of thermalization at the collision's earliest moments.
  • The horizon size predicted by the existing Big Bang model is too small to account for the observed isotropy in the cosmic microwave background to have evolved naturally by thermalization.

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