Definition of Kerr effect in English:

Kerr effect

Line breaks: Kerr ef¦fect
Pronunciation: /kəː


  • 1The rotation of the plane of polarization of light when reflected from a magnetized surface.
  • 2The production of double refraction in a substance by an electric field.


early 20th century: named after John Kerr (1824–1907), the Scottish physicist who studied these effects.

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