FP StaffNov 07, 2013 08:23:47 IST
A scientific theory is hard enough to sum up in one word - summing it up in the word 'Google' was probably an even more difficult task.
But the art department at Google Inc was clearly up for the challenge. On today's date - 7 November,the 125th birth anniversary of CV Raman, one of India's most prominent scientists with a prolific list of achievements - Google has explained one of his scientific legacies, the Raman effect, on their homepage doodle.
The style of the Google Doodle, with its perforated edges and pale pink colour might remind you of a postage stamp. CV Raman looks out benignly from behind the 'G' of the logo, and the rest of the letters explain the Raman effect.
According to Britannica.com:
"Raman effect is thechange in thewavelengthoflightthat occurs when a light beam is deflected by molecules.When a beam of light traverses a dust-free, transparent sample of a chemical compound, a small fraction of the light emerges in directions other than that of the incident (incoming) beam. Most of this scattered light is of unchanged wavelength. A small part, however, has wavelengths different from that of the incident light; its presence is a result of the Raman effect."
Raman was the recipient of theNobel Prize for Physicsin 1930 for this discovery.
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