back-scatter

backscatter

[bak-skat-er]
noun Physics.
the deflection of nuclear particles or of radiation in a scattering process through an angle greater than 90°.
Also, backscattering.


Origin:
1955–60; back2 + scatter

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backscatter   (bāk'skāt'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The deflection of radiation or particles by electromagnetic or nuclear forces through angles greater than 90° to the initial direction of travel.

  2. The radiation or particles so deflected.


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