Definition of Zeeman effect in English:

Zeeman effect


  • The splitting of the spectrum line into several components by the application of a magnetic field.

    • ‘The Zeeman effect is the splitting of a spectral line by a magnetic field.’
    • ‘Pauli's basic model was wrong, as it considered only orbital magnetism; spin, still undiscovered in 1920, has a major role both in ferromagnetism and in the anomalous Zeeman effect.’
    • ‘Known as a Feshbach resonance, this pairing phenomenon can be externally controlled by the Zeeman effect using an applied magnetic field.’


Late 19th century: named after Pieter Zeeman (1865–1943), Dutch physicist.


Zeeman effect