or Cerenkov radiation
- 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
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- 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
- Variant of Cerenkov radiation.
- See under Cerenkov effect.
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