- noun Physics the scattering of light by molecules or other small particles, without change in wavelength.Origin1930s: named after the 19th-cent. British physicist Lord Rayleigh.
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Rayleigh scattering — n. [after RAYLEIGH 3d Baron] a type of scattering that occurs when light waves pass through particles that are smaller than the wavelength: this type of scattering in the atmosphere makes the sky appear blue … English World dictionary
Rayleigh scattering — This article is about the optical phenomenon. For the magnetic phenomenon, see Rayleigh law. For the stochastic distribution, see Rayleigh distribution. For the wireless multipath propagation model, see Rayleigh fading. Rayleigh scattering causes … Wikipedia
Rayleigh scattering — Reilėjaus sklaida statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Rayleigh scattering vok. Rayleigh Streuung, f rus. рэлеевское рассеяние, n pranc. diffusion de Rayleigh, f … Fizikos terminų žodynas
Rayleigh scattering — noun The elastic scattering of light or other electromagnetic radiation by particles much smaller than the wavelength of the light. Rayleigh scattering of sunlight in a clear atmosphere is the main reason why the sky is blue … Wiktionary
rayleigh scattering — noun Usage: usually capitalized R Etymology: after Baron John W. S. Rayleigh : scattering of light by particles small enough to render the effect selective so that different colors are deflected through different angles compare tyndall effect … Useful english dictionary
Rayleigh scattering — Optics. the scattering of light by particles that are very small in relation to the wavelength of the light, and in which the intensity of the scattered light varies inversely with the fourth power of the wavelength. Cf. Mie scattering. [1935 40; … Universalium
Rayleigh scattering — noun Etymology: John W. S. Rayleigh Date: 1937 scattering of light by particles small enough to render the effect selective so that different colors are deflected through different angles … New Collegiate Dictionary
Rayleigh scattering cross-section — Reilėjaus sklaidos skerspjūvis statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Rayleigh cross section; Rayleigh scattering cross section vok. Rayleigh Streuquerschnitt, m rus. сечение рэлеевского рассеяния, n pranc. section efficace de diffusion de… … Fizikos terminų žodynas
Scattering — is a general physical process where some forms of radiation, such as light, sound, or moving particles, are forced to deviate from a straight trajectory by one or more localized non uniformities in the medium through which they pass. In… … Wikipedia
Rayleigh — may refer to:*Rayleigh (unit), named after the son of Lord Rayleigh *Rayleigh criterion in Angular resolution *Rayleigh distribution *Rayleigh fading *Rayleigh law on low field magnetization *Rayleigh length *Rayleigh number *Rayleigh quotient… … Wikipedia