Definition of Kerr effect in English:

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Kerr effect

Pronunciation: /kər iˈfekt/ /kär/

noun

Physics
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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: Kerr ef·fect

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