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Compton effect

noun, Physics.
1.
the increase in wavelength of monochromatic, electromagnetic radiation, as a beam of photons or x-rays, when it is scattered by particles whose size is small compared to the wavelength of the radiation.
Also called Compton-Debye effect
[komp-tuh n-de-bahy] /ˈkɒmp tən dɛˈbaɪ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; named after A. H. Compton
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Compton effect

/ˈkɒmptən/
noun
1.
a phenomenon in which a collision between a photon and a particle results in an increase in the kinetic energy of the particle and a corresponding increase in the wavelength of the photon
Word Origin
C20: named after Arthur Holly Compton (1892–1962), US physicist
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Compton effect in Science
Compton effect  
An increase in the wavelength of electromagnetic radiation, especially of x-rays or gamma-rays, when the photons constituting the radiation collide with free electrons. As a result of the Compton effect, the photons transfer some of their energy to the electrons. It is mainly through the Compton effect that matter absorbs radiant energy.
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