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Compton effect

Pronunciation: komp'ton

Definition: in the absorption of electromagnetic radiation of medium energy, a decrease in energy of the bombarding photon with the dislodgement of an orbital electron, usually from an outer shell.

Synonym(s): Compton scattering

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