Dieke, G. H. Formerly, Department of Physics, Johns Hopkins University, California, Maryland.
Watson, William W. Formerly, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Zeeman effect
- Faraday effect
- Voigt effect
- Cotton-Mouton effect
- Magnetooptic Kerr effect
- Majorana effect
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That branch of physics which deals with the influence of a magnetic field on optical phenomena. Considering the fact that light is electromagnetic radiation, an interaction between light and a magnetic field would seem quite plausible. It is, however, not the direct interaction of the magnetic field and light that produces the known magnetooptic effects, but the influence of the magnetic field upon matter which is in the process of emitting or absorbing light.
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