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- British physicist. He won a 1904 Nobel Prize for investigating the density of gases and for discovering argon with Sir William Ramsay.
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- proper noun Lord Rayleigh, English physicist
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- noun English physicist who studied the density of gases and discovered argon; made important contributions to acoustic theory (1842-1919)
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This process, known as Rayleigh type distillation, is the origin of the link between precipitation isotope composition and temperature.
This limit, called the Rayleigh criterion, is proportional to the wavelength of the light being focused divided by the lens aperture.
In the technical argot of seismology, such up and down vibrations are called Rayleigh waves, which ripple along the Earth's surface like waves on a pond, but my friend didn't need an expert to tell what had happened.
Rayleigh scattering the elastic scattering of light by particles much smaller than the wavelength of the light in the atmosphere makes the sky blue; that bright blue light from the sky is actually sunlight reaching you by a round about route.
Liquid water is denser than air, and when fluids of different densities are subjected to acceleration, Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities result in turbulent mixing of the fluids.
I can't really get excited about inertial fusion reports since I learned that they have to overcome a fundamental instability, the e Rayleigh–Taylor instability of interstellar clouds and weather inversions.
A real shock wave would surely suffer from Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities.
Left to right shows how the flow responds to increasing Rayleigh numbers, which is associated with flow driven by buoyancy.
Rayleigh scattering is scattering to all directions and is caused by all molecules and particles in the atmosphere.
Mie scattering is much more intense than Rayleigh scattering.