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Cerenkov

adjective Ce·ren·kov
variants: also Cherenkov play \chər-ˈ(y)eŋ-kəf\

medical Definition of Cerenkov

1 :of, relating to, or being Cerenkov radiation or the process that produces such radiation
  • the Cerenkov effect
2 :being a device that makes use of Cerenkov radiation
  • a Cerenkov counter

Biographical Note for cerenkov

  • Cherenkov, Pavel Alekseevich (1904–1990), Russian physicist. Cherenkov first discovered Cerenkov radiation in 1934. Later research by Igor Y. Tamm and Ilya M. Frank led to a definite explanation of the phenomenon. Discovery of Cerenkov radiation led to studies in cosmic rays and high-energy subatomic particles. Cherenkov, Frank, and Tamm were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1958.

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