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IEVref:121-13-21ID:
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Term: tunnel effect
Synonym1: tunnelling
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Definition: passage of an electric potential barrier by a particle having a kinetic energy insufficient in classical theory for this passage and which is explained by quantum mechanics

NOTE – Tunnelling of electrons in a semiconductor junction is defined in IEV part 521. In superconductor junctions, tunnelling applies either to single electrons (Giaever effect) or to Cooper pairs (Josephson effects)


Publication date:1998-08
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