An Introduction to Magnetic Birefringence of Large Molecules

  • G. Weill
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 64)


Magneto-optics covers a wide field of phenomena, the majority of which concerns the properties of solid state magnetic materials. Let us quote as an example the magneto-optic Kerr effect discovered in 1876, one year after the electro-optic Kerr effect. Another area of considerable activity is that of magneto-optics of paramagnetic atoms or molecules with phenomena such as the observation of the population of Zeeman sublevels of paramagnetic states by optical detection of paramagnetic resonance, or the effect of magnetic field on triplet triplet recombination in organic crystals as followed by the change in the delayed fluorescence. There are two effects which are present in any diamagnetic molecule and are of help in the study of large molecules.


Kerr Effect Optical Anisotropy Magnetic Circular Dichroism Zeeman Sublevel Traceless Tensor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Weill
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  1. 1.Centre de Recherches sur les MacromoleculesUniversite L. PasteurStrasbourgFrance

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