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Reflection without diffusion in accordance with the laws of optical reflection, such as in a mirror. Also called REGULAR REFLECTION, MIRROR REFLECTION.

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PHOTOELECTRIC REFLECTOMETER

A reflectometer that uses a photocell or phototube to measure the diffuse reflection of surfaces, powders, pastes, and opaque liquids.

MULTIPORT NETWORK ANALYZER

A linear, passive microwave network having five or more ports which is used for measuring power and the complex reflection coefficient in a microwave circuit. Also known as multiport reflectometer. multiport reflectometer See multiport network analyzer.

MIRROR NEPHOSCOPE

A nephoscope in which the motion of a cloud is observed by its reflection in a mirror. Also known as cloud mirror; reflecting nephoscope.

HEAT LIGHTNING

A flash of light from an electric discharge, without thunder, believed to be the reflection by haze or clouds of a distant lash of lightning, too far away for the thunder to be audible

INDIRECT WAVE

A radio wave which reaches a given reception point by a path from the transmitting point other than the direct line path between the two. An example is the SKYWAVE received after reflection from one of the layers of the ionosphere.

ATTENUATION

1. A lessening in amount, particularly the reduction of the amplitude of a wave with distance from the origin. 2. The decrease in the strength of a radar wave resulting from absorption, scattering, and reflection by the medium through which it passes (wave guide, atmosphere) and by obstructions in its path. Also attenuation of the wave may be the result of artificial means, such as the inclusion of an attenuator in the circuitry or by placing an absorbing device in the path of the wave.

CRITICAL ANGLE

1. The maximum angle at which a radio wave may be emitted from an antenna, in respect to the plane of the earth, and still be returned to the earth by refraction or reflection by an ionospheric layer. 2. The angle at which radiation, about to pass from a medium of greater density into one of lesser density, is refracted along the surface of the denser medium.

DIFFUSE REFLECTION

A reflection process in which the reflected radiation is sent out in many directions usually bearing no simple relationship to the angle of incidence. It results from reflection from a rough surface with small irregularities.

HALO

Any of a group of optical phenomena caused by refraction or reflection of light by ice crystals in th

GEGENSCHEIN

A faint light area of the sky always opposite the position of the sun on the celestial sphere. It is believed to be the reflection of sunlight from particles moving beyond the earth's orbit. Also called COUNTERGLOW.

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