Definition of dead time in English:

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dead time


1Time in which someone or something is inactive or unable to act productively.
Example sentences
  • Surely we should move the US presidential process forward and start it in June or something, so we don't have all this dead time for half a year.
  • There are no embarrassing moments and no dead time.
  • I have 80 newsfeeds on my phone because I can read those 80 during dead time on public transport while they are still fresh.
1.1 Physics The period after the recording of a particle or pulse when a detector is unable to record another.
Example sentences
  • The bias in the estimated triplet parameters as presented in Table 2 disappears when introducing corrections for the dead time of the detector.
  • The method provides sufficient signal-to-noise ratio to measure fast fluorescence decays with ~ 400 s dead time, while consuming only picomoles of material.
  • The circuit compensates for dead time over a wide range of count rates by producing a dead-time pulse for each detected event, a live-time pulse that spans the interval between dead-time pulses, and circuits that average the value of these pulses over time.

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