Mössbauer effect

Mössbauer effect

noun Physics.
the phenomenon in which an atom in a crystal undergoes no recoil when emitting a gamma ray, giving all the emitted energy to the gamma ray, resulting in a sharply defined wavelength.

Origin:
1955–60; named after R. Mössbauer

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Mössbauer effect (ˈmɒsˌbaʊə, German ˈmœsbauər)
 
n
physics the phenomenon in which an atomic nucleus in a crystal of certain substances emits a gamma ray without any recoil to the atom. The study of the emitted gamma rays (Mössbauer spectroscopy) is used to determine the energy levels in a nucleus, the structure of molecules, etc
 
[C20: named after Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer (born 1929), German physicist]

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