Cotton-Mouton constant

Cotton-Mouton constant

[¦kät·ən ¦mü·ton ‚kän·stənt]
(optics)
A constant giving the strength of the Cotton-Mouton effect in a liquid; when multiplied by the path length and the square of the magnetic field, it gives the phase difference between the components of light parallel and perpendicular to the field.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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