Zeeman effect

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Term: Zeeman effect

The splitting of some solar spectral emission lines due to the presence of a strong magnetic field. Briefly, the lines split into three or more components of characteristic polarization.  The components are circular if the local magnetic field is parallel to the line of sight, and linear if the field is perpendicular to the line of sight. The amount of splitting is proportional to the strength of the field.

Created 2023.04.16
Last Modified 2023.04.16
Contributed by Ryan McGranaghan