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Scattering is the phenomenon of waves and particles deviating from their original direction when they encounter irregularities on their way. Scattering of electromagnetic radiation in particular plays an important role in radiation protection, because the scattering object acts as a new source of radiation.

The ratio of the intensities of primary and scattered radiation, the so-called scattering factor, depends on the energy of the primary radiation, the angle of incidence and the material of the scattering surface. The scattered radiation has a lower energy than the primary radiation.

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