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An early model of atomic structure in which electrons travel around the nucleus in a number of discrete stable orbits determined by quantum conditions.
[After Niels Henrik David Bohr.]
(Atomic Physics) a theory of atomic structure that explains the spectrum of hydrogen atoms. It assumes that the electron orbiting around the nucleus can exist only in certain energy states, a jump from one state to another being accompanied by the emission or absorption of a quantum of radiation
[C20: after Niels Bohr]
a quantum theory in which electrons move around an atomic nucleus in distinct circular orbits corresponding to quantized energy levels.
[1920–25; after N. Bohr]
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|Noun||1.||Bohr theory - (physics) a theory of atomic structure that combined Rutherford's model with the quantum theory; electrons orbiting a nucleus can only be in certain stationary energy states and light is emitted when electrons jump from one energy state to another|
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
atomic theory - a theory of the structure of the atom