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## Polarizability
## Additional recommended knowledgeThe electronic polarizability α is defined as the ratio of the induced dipole moment of an atom to the electric field that produces this dipole moment.
Polarizability has the SI units of C·m where ε The polarizability of individual particles is related to the average electric susceptibility of the medium by the Clausius-Mossotti relation. Note that the polarizability α as defined above is a scalar quantity. This implies that the applied electric fields can only produce polarization components parallel to the field. For example, an electric field in the ## See alsoCategories: Atomic physics | Electric and magnetic fields in matter |

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