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Pauli exclusion principle

(fermions in a quantum system cannot have identical quantum numbers)

The Pauli exclusion principle, that two fermions (particles with non-integer spin, i.e., -1/2, 1/2, or 3/2, etc.) cannot have the same quantum numbers if within the same quantum system. The typical example system is an atom's electrons, and it is the principle which prevents two electrons from taking the same electron orbital.

The Pauli exclusion principle does not apply to bosons, particles with integer spin (i.e., 0, 1, or 2, etc.), which adhere to Bose-Einstein statistics.


(physics,quantum mechanics)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_exclusion_principle

Referenced by pages:
Bose-Einstein statistics
electron degeneracy
electron pressure
particle

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