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Cerenkov radiation

Pronunciation: /tʃəˌrɛŋkɒf reɪdɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
(also Cherenkov radiation)


[mass noun] Physics
Electromagnetic radiation emitted by particles moving in a medium at speeds faster than that of light in the same medium.
Example sentences
  • 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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