Rotation of the plane of polarization of plane-polarized light when passed through an isotropic transparent medium placed in a strong magnetic field, the light being passed in a direction in which the field has a component. If / is the length of path traversed, H the strength of the field in the direction of propagation and 0 is the angle of rotation, then 0=CIFI where C is Verdet's constant. The effect is also exhibited by a plane-polarized microwave passing through a ferrite.

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