Definition of Mössbauer effect in US English:

Mössbauer effect


  • An effect in which certain atomic nuclei bound in a crystal emit gamma rays of sharply defined frequency which can be used as a probe of energy levels in other nuclei.

    • ‘The Mössbauer effect is a recoilless absorption and emission of a photon.’
    • ‘Using the Mössbauer effect to measure the velocity of the basilar membrane, he made a significant discovery.’
    • ‘It is this recoilless emission which is called the Mössbauer effect.’
    • ‘Isolated nuclei will not exhibit the Mössbauer effect because their motions cause Doppler shifts in the energies of the ray and the peak resonant energy producing a mismatch in these energies.’
    • ‘The Mössbauer effect has also been used to verify the prediction of gravitational redshift (the frequency of electromagnetic radiation is dependent on the strength of the gravitational field).’


1960s: named after Rudolf L. Mössbauer (born 1929), German physicist.


Mössbauer effect

/ˈməsˌbouər iˌfekt/