The Stark effect posited (45 words)

Historical Context Note

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Johannes Stark (1874-1957) demonstrates that strong electric fields will split the Balmer spectral line series of hydrogen. The Stark effect is the electric analogue of the Zeeman effect where a spectral line is split into several components due to the presence of a magnetic field.

Editors. "The Stark effect posited". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 May 2009
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