Cherenkov Radiation: Its Properties, Occurrence, and Uses

  • John V. Jelley


When a fast charged particle, for example an electron, plunges through a transparent medium such as water or glass, it produces a faint emission of radiation, which occurs predominantly in the visible and ultraviolet (UV) regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. This is known as Cherenkov radiation, named after the Russian experimental physicist who studied the phenomenon in some detail between the years 1934 and 1938.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John V. Jelley
    • 1
  1. 1.The Nuclear Physics DivisionThe Atomic Energy Research EstablishmentHarwell, OxonUK

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