(also Cherenkov radiation)
Electromagnetic radiation emitted by particles moving through a medium at speeds greater than that of light in the same medium.
- To clarify your question a little, only electrically charged particles emit Cerenkov radiation.
- When neutrinos passing through the heavy water interact with deuterium nuclei, flashes of light, called Cerenkov radiation, are emitted.
- Neutrinos bouncing off of electrons would also produce Cherenkov radiation at lower energies, so Koshiba modified the design.
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Syllabification: Ce·ren·kov ra·di·a·tion
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