optical Kerr effect


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optical Kerr effect

[′äp·tə·kəl ′kər i‚fekt]
(optics)
An effect in which a very strong linearly polarized light field produces anisotropy in the refractive index of an isotropic medium, usually a liquid.
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Furthermore, the subpicosecond time-resolved optical Kerr effect (OKE) was used to measure the third-order optical nonlinearity.