Definition of atomic physics in US English:

atomic physics

plural noun

  • treated as singular The branch of physics concerned with the structure of the atom, its energy states, and its interactions with particles and fields.

    • ‘For science has two complementary ways of explaining: by taking apart - as atomic physics mainly does - and by bringing into relation - as Einstein's relativity theory does.’
    • ‘Subject to the limitations of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, the advancement of atomic physics and quantum physics allowed increasingly accurate descriptions of complex atoms.’
    • ‘In 1847 he turned to physics, accepting the chair of physics at Bonn working on magnetism, electronics and atomic physics.’
    • ‘In Germany during the Weimar years, Teller taught at the University of Göttingen while studying atomic physics under Niels Bohr in Copenhagen.’
    • ‘The two old friends were Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, who at the time were the foremost authorities on atomic physics and atomic-bomb theory.’
    • ‘However, this stronger claim is very well confirmed by experiments in atomic physics.’
    • ‘This work led to important applications in relativity theory, and much of his work also found application in atomic physics.’
    • ‘Current research in atomic physics focuses on describing the internal structure of atoms.’
    • ‘This breakthrough has been made possible by the convergence of two related but previously distinct realms of research in atomic physics: quantum gases and optical lattices.’
    • ‘He had no teaching obligations and undertook research in physical chemistry and atomic physics.’
    • ‘Certainly industrial chemistry was much more important than chemical warfare, rockets, jets, or atomic physics, which little influenced the course of the war.’
    • ‘Born in 1871, Ernest Rutherford, became one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century, and is considered the creator of modern atomic physics and the forerunner of the nuclear age.’
    • ‘Trained in atomic physics, he has long dealt with precision measurements on the tiniest of scales.’
    • ‘These systems bridge the gap between atomic physics and plasma physics, and between plasma physics and condensed-matter physics.’
    • ‘Weber says he was inspired by a course in atomic physics.’
    • ‘With a Masters degree in atomic physics, Tsaneva knows what she's talking about.’
    • ‘This does not mean, however, that chemistry, biochemistry or atomic physics are in some way giving us a false picture of reality.’
    • ‘These ‘magic’ numbers of protons and neutrons are called closed shells, and are similar to the electron shells of atomic physics.’
    • ‘She finds radioactivity and atomic physics particularly difficult to grasp because ‘there is nothing to look at’.’