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Jul25-03, 01:45 PM
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Originally posted by McQueen
This is a wrong statement , magnetic fields do affect light , they change the spectral output of light .
Well, light doesn't have any quality called 'spectral output' that I know of!

I think you're talking about the hyperfine splitting, and how magnetic fields can affect the light produced by atoms immersed in the field -- and this is correct.

However, once emitted by the atom, the photons themselves are not affected by the magnetic field in any way.

- Warren