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diffraction
The deviation of an electromagnetic wavefront from the path predicted by geometric optics when the wavefront interacts with, i.e., is restricted by, a physical object such as an opening (aperture) or an edge. Note: Diffraction is usually most noticeable for openings of the order of a wavelength. However, diffraction may still be important for apertures many orders of magnitude larger than the wavelength.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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