[WEBINAR] Bulletproof: How Today's Business Leaders Stay on Top

Fine-Structure Constant

Definition - What does Fine-Structure Constant mean?

The fine-structure constant is a part of quantum and traditional physics, a constant that represents the strength of electromagnetic forces controlling the behavior of charged particles. It is made up of the following components:

  • Elementary charge
  • Free space
  • Planck's constant
  • Speed of light

The fine-structure constant is also known as Sommerfeld's constant.

Techopedia explains Fine-Structure Constant

As a physics concept, fine-structure constant is mostly confined to in-depth engineering principles, and more related to quantum science than computer science. However, there is some overlap, notably, in the field of nanotechnology, where the controlling of charged particles is a core concept, and in advances such as solid-state technology, where controlling charged particles across a layer or substrate is an essential part of design.

A scientific brief on the issue from 2011 notes that “the existence of the universal dynamic conductance and the quantized optical transparency of graphene observable at room temperature attracted a lot of interest from researchers in different fields, such as optics, solid state physics and electronics.” The piece talks about fine-structure constant in plasmonic nanoarrays, which is one modern application of this type of physics.

Share this:

Connect with us

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.