Kerr effect

noun

Definition of Kerr effect

1 : the production of double refraction in various dielectrics when placed in a strong electric field
2 : the rotation of the plane of polarization when plane-polarized light is reflected from the end of a magnet

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History and Etymology for Kerr effect

after John Kerr

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“Kerr effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kerr%20effect. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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