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They use X-ray diffraction to scan luggage at the airport.
  an effect on light when it passes an obstacle such as an opaque edge; or (more rarely) a similar effect on other waves/particles such as water, sound, and x-rays
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diffraction diffractive diffracted diffract diffracts diffracting
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb diffract to a noun.
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  • They use X-ray diffraction to scan luggage at the airport.
  • Diffraction is most pronounced for light waves whose wavelength is similar in size to the diffracting object.
  • It produced a diffraction pattern instead of an image.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • He then removed a core sample measuring one centimeter in diameter and two centimeters in length from just below the right knee and analyzed it using an electron microscope, electron microprobe, mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray fluorescence.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink

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  • And most of that was from diffraction of the laser that was keeping it warmed.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • "Very little diffraction," Tyler pointed out.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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Associated words [difficulty]:   diffraction [8] , polarized light [9]
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