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Diffraction vs. Scattering

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Diffractionnoun

(physics) The bending of a wave around an obstacle.

Scatteringnoun

A small quantity of something occurring at irregular intervals and dispersed at random points,

‘There will be a scattering of showers, with heavy rain in places.’;

Diffractionnoun

(quantum mechanics) The breaking up of an electromagnetic wave as it passes a geometric structure (e.g. a slit), followed by reconstruction of the wave by interference.

Scatteringnoun

(elections) The total number of votes awarded to nonmajor or unlisted candidates.

Diffractionnoun

The deflection and decomposition of light in passing by the edges of opaque bodies or through narrow slits, causing the appearance of parallel bands or fringes of prismatic colors, as by the action of a grating of fine lines or bars.

‘Remarked by Grimaldi (1665), and referred by him to a property of light which he called diffraction.’;

Scatteringnoun

(physics) The process whereby a beam of waves or particles is dispersed by collisions or similar interactions.

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Diffractionnoun

when light passes sharp edges or goes through narrow slits the rays are deflected and produce fringes of light and dark bands

Scatteringadjective

Going or falling in various directions; not united or aggregated; divided among many; as, scattering votes.

Diffraction

Diffraction refers to various phenomena that occur when a wave encounters an obstacle or opening. It is defined as the bending of waves around the corners of an obstacle or through an aperture into the region of geometrical shadow of the obstacle/aperture.

Scatteringnoun

Act of strewing about; something scattered.

Scatteringnoun

the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions

Scatteringnoun

a small number dispersed haphazardly;

‘the first scatterings of green’;

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Scatteringnoun

a light shower that falls in some locations and not others nearby

Scatteringnoun

spreading widely or driving off

Scatteringnoun

the act of scattering

Scatteringadjective

spreading by diffusion

Scattering

Scattering is a term used in physics to describe a wide range of physical processes where moving particles or radiation of some form, such as light or sound, are forced to deviate from a straight trajectory by localized non-uniformities (including particles and radiation) in the medium through which they pass. In conventional use, this also includes deviation of reflected radiation from the angle predicted by the law of reflection.

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