Diffuse reflection

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Reflection, diffuse


A type of reflection in which a beam of light is reflected as numerous angles from an uneven or granular surface. Diffuse reflection is nonspecular. It occurs when light illuminates matte paint, powders, or any other non-shiny surface. Diffuse reflectance is the measured quantity of diffusely reflected light.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Diffuse Reflexion (Deut.); rflexion diffuse; rflexion (Fr.); non spculaire (Fr.); nonspecular reflection; diffuse reflectance


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