photothermoelasticity

photothermoelasticity

[¦fōd·ō‚thər·mō‚i‚las′tis·əd·ē]
(optics)
Changes in optical properties of a transparent dielectric when it is subjected to mechanical stress, which is, in turn, induced by temperature gradients.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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