One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause to undergo diffraction.
- ‘In 1912, Max von Laue predicted that the spacing of crystal layers is small enough to diffract light of the appropriate wavelength.’
- ‘So as the single photon's wave function passes through the slits it is diffracted and interferes with itself.’
- ‘Alternating dark and light parallel lines on the detector mark where columns of silicon atoms diffract the electrons.’
- ‘You wouldn't see the rainbow effect if you used two reflecting surfaces an inch apart because that distance too large to diffract visible light.’
- ‘His lab has developed a chip device that diffracts light in the presence of certain antibodies.’
Early 19th century: from Latin diffract- ‘broken in pieces’, from the verb diffringere, from dis- ‘away, from’ + frangere ‘to break’.
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