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Friedrich Carl Alwin Pockels
German physicist

Friedrich Carl Alwin Pockels

Friedrich Carl Alwin Pockels
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Intro German physicist
Was Scientist Physicist Educator
From Germany
Field Academia Science
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1865, Vicenza, Province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Death 1 January 1913, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe Government Region, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (aged 48 years)
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Friedrich Carl Alwin Pockels (18 June 1865 – 29 August 1913) was a German physicist. He was born in Italy to Captain Theodore Pockels and Alwine Becker. He obtained a doctorate from the University of Göttingen in 1888, and from 1900 to 1913 he was professor of theoretical physics at the University of Heidelberg.

In 1893 he discovered that a steady electric field applied to certain birefringent materials causes the refractive index to vary, approximately in proportion to the strength of the field. The coefficient of proportionality is of the order of 10×10−10 V−1 to 10×10−12 V−1. This phenomenon is now called the Pockels effect.

His sister Agnes Pockels (1862–1935) was a pioneer in chemistry.

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