Zeeman effect

noun
Zee·​man effect | \ ˈzā-ˌmän- How to pronounce Zeeman effect (audio) , -mən- \

Definition of Zeeman effect

: 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

First Known Use of Zeeman effect

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Zeeman effect

Pieter Zeeman

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“Zeeman effect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zeeman%20effect. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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