the rotation of the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light as the light passes through certain isotropic media in the direction of a strong magnetic field in which the medium is placed.
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Also called magnetic rotation.
Origin of Faraday effect
First recorded in 1885–90; named after M. Faraday
Words nearby Faraday effect
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Scientific definitions for Faraday effect
The rotation of the plane of polarization of polarized light when subject to a magnetic field parallel to the direction in which the light is propagating. Also called Faraday rotation
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