Mössbauer effect

noun Physics.

the phenomenon in which an atom in a crystal undergoes no recoil when emitting a gamma ray, giving all the emitted energy to the gamma ray, resulting in a sharply defined wavelength.

Origin of Mössbauer effect

1955–60; named after R. Mössbauer
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British Dictionary definitions for mossbauer effect

Mössbauer effect

/ (ˈmɒsˌbaʊə, German ˈmœsbauər) /


physics the phenomenon in which an atomic nucleus in a crystal of certain substances emits a gamma ray without any recoil to the atom. The study of the emitted gamma rays (Mössbauer spectroscopy) is used to determine the energy levels in a nucleus, the structure of molecules, etc

Word Origin for Mössbauer effect

C20: named after Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer (1929–2011), German physicist
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