Rayleigh scattering

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Ray·​leigh scattering | \ ˈrā-lē- How to pronounce Rayleigh scattering (audio) \

Definition of Rayleigh scattering

: scattering of light by particles small enough to render the effect selective so that different colors are deflected through different angles

First Known Use of Rayleigh scattering

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Rayleigh scattering

John W. S. Rayleigh

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“Rayleigh scattering.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rayleigh%20scattering. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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