Cerenkov radiation


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Ce·ren·kov ra·di·a·tion

(kren'kŏv),
light given off by a transparent medium when a high-energy particle speeds through it at a velocity greater than that of light in that medium.

Cerenkov,

(Cherenkov), Pavel A., Russian physicist and Nobel laureate, 1904-1990.
Cerenkov radiation - light given off by a transparent medium when a high-energy particle speeds through it at a velocity greater than that of light in that medium.
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Paula Chadwick of the University of Durham in England and her colleagues recorded flashes of blue light known as Cerenkov radiation, which is produced when Earth's atmosphere stops incoming gamma rays.
The Stanford experiment confirmed that invisible, microwave Cerenkov radiation does exist.
Aside from black-body radiation, they listed a number of other possible sources of illumination: crystalloluminescence, produced when chemicals crystallize; sonoluminescence, powered by the sound of bubbles collapsing; triboluminescence, created when rock crystals crack; and Cerenkov radiation and scintillation, both caused by the radioactive decay of elements in the vent water.