Compton effect

noun

Comp·​ton effect ˈkäm(p)-tən- How to pronounce Compton effect (audio)
: the loss of energy and concomitant increase in wavelength of a usually high-energy photon (as of X-rays or gamma rays) that occurs upon collision of the photon with an electron

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“Compton effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Compton%20effect. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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