Cherenkov radiation

or Cerenkov radiation

noun Physics.

radiation produced by a particle passing through a medium at a speed greater than that of light through the medium.

Origin of Cherenkov radiation

First recorded in 1935–40; named after P. A. Cherenkov Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cerenkov radiation

Cherenkov radiation

/ (tʃɪˈrɛŋkɒf) /


the electromagnetic radiation produced when a charged particle moves through a medium at a greater velocity than the velocity of light in that medium

Word Origin for Cherenkov radiation

C20: named after Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov (1904–90), Soviet physicist
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Science definitions for cerenkov radiation (1 of 2)

Cerenkov radiation

Cherenkov radiation

See under Cerenkov effect.

Science definitions for cerenkov radiation (2 of 2)

Cherenkov radiation

Variant of Cerenkov radiation.
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