Kerr effect(redirected from Magneto-optical effect)
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1. (General Physics) Also called: electro-optical effect the production of double refraction in certain transparent substances by the application of a strong electric field
2. (General Physics) Also called: magneto-optical effect a slight elliptical polarization of plane polarized light when reflected from one of the poles of a strong magnet
[C19: named after John Kerr (1824–1907), Scottish physicist]