Zeeman effect


Zee·​man effect ˈzā-ˌmän- How to pronounce Zeeman effect (audio)
: the splitting of a single spectral line into two or more lines of different frequencies observed when radiation (such as light) originates in a magnetic field

Examples of Zeeman effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The scientists took advantage of the Zeeman effect, which produces circular polarization and shifts in the wavelength of light from certain ions sensitive to magnetic fields. Chris Wright, Wired, 15 Mar. 2021

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Word History


Pieter Zeeman

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Zeeman effect was in 1897

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“Zeeman effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zeeman%20effect. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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