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Attributive and in the genitive. Designating concepts and phenomena described by Mie or arising from his work, especially in relation to the scattering of light; "Mie scattering"noun the scattering of light by particles whose size is comparable to the wavelength of the light; compare "Rayleigh scattering". "Mie theory"noun also Mie's theory the theory of Mie scattering.
1940s. From the name of Gustav Mie, German physicist, who first published his theory of light-scattering in 1908 ( Ann. der Physik 25 377).
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