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  • n. A very small, supernova-like explosion, which can be induced in a Bose–Einstein condensate by suitably changing its magnetic field


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From Bose + supernova


  • Due to the fact that supernova explosions are implosions, the explosion of a collapsing Bose – Einstein condensate was named “bosenova.”

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  • I thought it was a car in My Garage.

    October 30, 2008

  • I thought it was Brazilian music.

    October 30, 2008

  • A very small, supernova-like explosion. (Thanks to lexicographer Erin McKean.)

    But here's the funny part: I thought it was an informal word, possibly a madeupical playing on the famous Bose sound systems, which have made their name through the superior miniaturisation of loudspeakers. But no, it's a real scientific term and it derives its name from scientist Satyendra Nath Bose.

    October 30, 2008