radiation scattering


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radiation scattering

The diversion of radiation (thermal, electromagnetic, or nuclear) from its original path as a result of interaction or collisions with atoms, molecules, or larger particles in the atmosphere or other media between the source of the radiation (e.g., a nuclear explosion) and a point at some distance away. As a result of scattering, radiation (especially gamma rays and neutrons) will be received at such a point from many directions instead of only from the direction of the source.
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The main mechanisms affecting the radiative budget are the solar radiation scattering and absorption of aerosols (direct effect); and the cloud and precipitation alteration, affecting both the radiation and the hydrology (called indirect effect) (Papadimas et al.

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