Cerenkov radiation

noun

Ce·​ren·​kov radiation chə-ˈreŋ-kȯf- How to pronounce Cerenkov radiation (audio) chər-ˈyeŋ- How to pronounce Cerenkov radiation (audio)
: light produced by charged particles (such as electrons) traversing a transparent medium at a speed greater than that of light in the same medium

called also Cerenkov light

Word History

Etymology

after P. A. cherenkov

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cerenkov radiation was in 1938

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“Cerenkov radiation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cerenkov%20radiation. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

Cerenkov radiation

noun
variants also Cherenkov radiation
: light produced by charged particles (as electrons) traversing a transparent medium at a speed greater than that of light in the same medium

called also Cerenkov light

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