- noun the splitting of electromagnetic radiation such as light into its component wavelengths as it passes through a medium
- The process or occurrence of scattering or separating into components.
- The process by which radiation is separated into components with different wavelengths, energies, speeds, or other characteristics. Also, an instance of such a separation. For example, a prism disperses white light into its component colors, as each travels through it at a different velocity.
- The scattering of microwaves by striking an obstruction.
- The uniform distribution of sound waves emanating from an acoustic transducer.
- The scattering of fine particles within another body.
- In spectroscopy, a measure of resolving power. 7. Dispersion (2) occurring in an optical waveguide, such as an optical fiber or cable. An example is multimode distortion.
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