refraction v/s scattering

Asked by sanjana241 | 3rd Jul, 2008, 04:38: PM

Expert Answer:

In both of the cases of scattering and reflection, we see incident photons bouncing off something (atoms, electrons, crystal lattices etc). The difference is that in the case of reflection, the angle at which the reflected photons are directed is the opposite angle to their incidence. A mirror will reflect a beam of light that falls on it at 30° to the vertical, in the direction 30° to the other side of the vertical. By comparison, scattering randomises the direction of the light that emerges from the scattering process.

Answered by  | 4th Jul, 2008, 08:07: PM

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