To cause physical activity in something; e.g. → stimulated emission.
Verb from → stimulus.
Fr.: émission stimulée
The process by which an electron, which is already in an excited state (an upper energy level, in contrast to its lowest possible level or "ground state"), can "stimulate" a transition to a lower level, producing a second photon of the same energy. The quantum energy of the incoming photon should be equal to the energy difference between its present level and the lower level. This process forms the basis of both the → laser and → maser. Same as → induced emission.
stimulated star formation
diseš-e gavâlide-ye setâré
Fr.: formation stimulée d'étoiles
A process in which a star is not formed spontaneously but is provoked by the action of external forces, such as pressure and shock on a molecular cloud by close-by → massive stars, → supernova explosions, etc. See also → sequential star formation.