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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.

back′scat′ter v.
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1. (General Physics) the scattering of particles or radiation, such as sound waves, X-rays, or alpha-particles, by the atoms of the medium through which they pass, in the backward direction
2. (General Physics) the radiation or particles so scattered
3. (Military) a technique whereby very long-range radars locate targets hidden by the curvature of the earth. Radar beams are reflected off the underside of the troposphere onto the target and the return beams, similarly reflected, are measured
to scatter in this way
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(ˈbækˌskæt ər)

1. the deflection of radiation by scattering in a direction opposite to the direction of incidence.
2. radiation scattered in this manner.
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Refers to a portion of the laser energy that is scattered back in the direction of the seeker by an obscurant. See also laser.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.backscatter - scatter (radiation) by the atoms of the medium through which it passesbackscatter - scatter (radiation) by the atoms of the medium through which it passes
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
disperse, scatter, break up - cause to separate; "break up kidney stones"; "disperse particles"
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This is not the case for the ALC backscatter signal nor for the brightness temperature from microwave radiometers, so a "forward model" must be used that operates on the prognostic variables within the NWP model to predict the value of the observed parameter, which can then be directly compared with the observation.
Axi-Tek will use the technology to develop the next generation of safe and rapid backscatter x-ray inspection equipment, which provides extremely detailed x-ray images, like the body scanners used at airports.
In order to quantatively compare the profiles and measure the spatial characteristics the spatial wave number (k) and spatial scale (2[pi]) is used for estimating the surface roughness from soil moisture data using backscatter SAR (Evans 1992; Wang 2011; Fresnel 2005).
The water cloud model (WCM), a semiempirical forward model, generally assumes that the vegetation canopy is a uniform layer of a cloud of water droplets and has been widely used to separate out the contribution of vegetation backscatter [15-18].
In another study [12], a scanning lidar system was used to obtain the backscatter coefficients of aerosols emitted by a pig farm.
It uses an analog backscatter, an instrument that converts radio waves into energy.
This paper presents the architecture design, implement, experimental validation of a bistatic backscatter wireless communication system in Wi-Fi network.
Specifically, the objectives of the study focused on the calibration methods of each ADCP instrument, the estimation of total suspended solids concentration from backscatter in static and mobile ADCP, and the comparison of the effect of tides on suspended sediment concentrations in oceanography aspect.
Full-thickness corneal backscatter evaluation showed the measured maximum optical backscattering intensities on a densitogram on a relative scale from 0 to 100 (0 = no clouding, 100 = tissue completely opaque).
According to the company, with this acquisition, its security offerings now include additional inspection systems based on X-ray backscatter technology, including the Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) and the MINI Z portable backscatter based inspection system.