glancing angle


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glancing angle

[′glans·iŋ ‚aŋ·gəl]
(physics)
The angle between a surface and a beam of particles or radiation incident upon it; it is the complement of the angle of incidence.
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Hawkeye, Taschuk, and Brett describe glancing angle deposition as a simple method to fabricate nanostructured columnar architectures using existing and prevalent physical vapor deposition processes such a sputtering or evaporation, while requiring only minor modifications to enable carefully controlled substrate tilt and rotation.
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Thus, the former experiences the tunnelling transmission while the latter experiences refractive transmission in a certain glancing angle region.