[ik-sahy-ton, ek-si-ton]
noun Physics.
a localized, mobile excited state of a crystal, consisting of an electron and a hole bound together.

1935–40; excit(ed) or excit(ation) + -on1

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exciton (ˈɛksaɪˌtɒn)
a mobile neutral entity in a crystalline solid consisting of an excited electron bound to the hole produced by its excitation
[C20: from excit(ation) + -on]

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the combination of an electron and a positive hole (an empty electron state in a valence band), which is free to move through a nonmetallic crystal as a unit

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Once on the surface, some of the exciton energy is channeled into desorption of neutral oxygen atoms at high speed.
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