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Difference between reflection, scattering and diffraction…?

What is the difference between  reflection, scattering and diffraction…?

 

Asked Eravally Jayakumar

 

Answer:

 

Reflection is the bouncing back of light to the same media.

 

Scattering is irregular reflection, caused by a rough surface or the suspended particles.

 

Diffraction is the bending of light around an obstacle in its path.

 

English: Mechanism of diffuse reflection by a ...
English: Mechanism of diffuse reflection by a solid surface (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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