Kirlian photography


Kir·​li·​an photography ˈkir-lē-ən- How to pronounce Kirlian photography (audio)
: a process in which an image is obtained by application of a high-frequency electric field to an object so that it radiates a characteristic pattern of luminescence that is recorded on photographic film
Kirlian photograph noun

Examples of Kirlian photography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The technique used to capture this electrical flow is called Kirlian photography, named after the Russian electrical engineer Semyon Kirlian who discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate. Discover Magazine, 10 Jan. 2013

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Word History


Semën D. Kirlian †1978 and Valentina Kh. Kirlian †1971 Soviet inventors

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Kirlian photography was in 1972

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“Kirlian photography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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