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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.
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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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The measurement payload onboard Aeolus is the Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument (Aladin), which works by emitting pulses of ultraviolet laser light through the Earth's atmosphere and measuring the backscattered signal from particles, or aerosols in the atmosphere.
For bare agricultural soils, the backscattered radar signals depend strongly on the geometric characteristics (roughness) and dielectric properties (moisture content and soil composition) of the soil (Singh 2007; Tiwari 2014; Gharechelou 2015).
The backscattered signal profiles typically have a vertical resolution of 5 m and a temporal resolution of 1 min.
The linear volume depolarization ratio [[delta].sub.v] is used to quantify the degree of depolarization of the backscattered light and is defined by
backscattering coefficient as a function of radar frequency) are presenting, ultimately yielding to 3D rough surface characterization from backscattered SAR radar data.
Wi-Fi device decodes information of the tag data by recognizing the power level of the backscattered Wi-Fi packets.
The backscattered values of Figure 5 indicate that the water column could be divided into three layers according to the backscattering strength: near surface, water column, and above bed.
The density of a cloud can degrade the polarization purity of the backscattered light.
The present study aimed to develop a QUS method using a pulse-echo technique to extract five parameters: apparent integrated backscatter (AIB), frequency slope of apparent backscatter (FSAB), time slope of apparent backscatter (TSAB), integrated reflection coefficient (IRC), and frequency slope of integrated reflection (FSIR) by processing ultrasonic backscattered and reflection echoes to characterize cortical and trabecular bone from healthy bone diaphyses of Wistar rats in vivo.
Donovan Leonard of Oak Ridge National Laboratory for overseeing the heat treatments and for help conducting the Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD).
However, CALIOP only allows retrieving the particle backscatter coefficient (180[degrees] scattering coefficient) because it only detects elastically backscattered light.