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Cherenkov radiation

or Cerenkov radiation

noun Physics.
  1. radiation produced by a particle passing through a medium at a speed greater than that of light through the medium.
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Origin of Cherenkov radiation

First recorded in 1935–40; named after P. A. Cherenkov
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British Dictionary definitions for cherenkov radiation

Cherenkov radiation

  1. the electromagnetic radiation produced when a charged particle moves through a medium at a greater velocity than the velocity of light in that medium
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Word Origin for Cherenkov radiation

C20: named after Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov (1904–90), Soviet physicist
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cherenkov radiation in Science

Cherenkov radiation

  1. Variant of Cerenkov radiation.
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Cerenkov radiation

  1. See under Cerenkov effect.
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