Rayleigh scattering

noun
Ray·leigh scattering | \ˈrā-lē- \

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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