# Definitions for **quantization**

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### Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quan•tizeˈkwɒn taɪz(v.t.)-tized, -tiz•ing.

to restrict (a variable quantity) to discrete values rather than to a continuous set of values.

**Category:**Physics, Mathto use quantum mechanics to calculate or express (the behavior of a physical system).

#### Origin of **quantize**:

1920–25; quant (um ) + -ize

quan`ti•za′tion(n.)

### Princeton's WordNet

quantization, quantisation(noun)

the act of dividing into quanta or expressing in terms of quantum theory

### Wiktionary

quantization(Noun)

The process of approximating a continuous signal by a set of discrete symbols or integer values.

quantization(Noun)

A procedure for constructing a quantum field theory starting from a classical field theory.

### Freebase

Quantization

In physics, quantization is the process of transition from a classical understanding of physical phenomena to a newer understanding known as "quantum mechanics". It is a procedure for constructing a quantum field theory starting from a classical field theory. This is a generalization of the procedure for building quantum mechanics from classical mechanics. One also speaks of field quantization, as in the "quantization of the electromagnetic field", where one refers to photons as field "quanta". This procedure is basic to theories of particle physics, nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, and quantum optics. The fundamental notion that a physical property may be "quantized," is referred to as "the hypothesis of quantization". This means that the magnitude can take on only certain discrete values.

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