Scattering is a general term for several physical processes in which radiation of some sort changes direction due to an interaction with a particle. Scattering can be classified by the type of radiation (ie, electromagnetic, x-ray, neutron), or by the relative sizes of the wave and the particle (ie, ...

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What would the sky look like if the sun was a different type of star?

Barring, of course, all other issues that wold naturally arise from the following question - if we made the sun a cooler, red star or a hotter, blue star, what impact would that have on the colour of ...
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Photon energies and attenuation

I hope you can help. I am trying to understand which attenuation effect (photoelectric, compton scatter and pair production) is dominant at which level of photon energy and why. The levels are 10keV, ...
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Strange use of complex analysis in Weinberg QFT 1?

In the beginning of chapter 3 on scattering theory in Weinberg's QFT book there is a use of the Cauchy residual theorem that I just cannot get. First some notation, we are looking at states that are ...
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What type of matrices do we mean by $I_{D2}$ and what is Chandrasekhar decomposition?

Suppose that $A_{2\times 2}$ is a hermitian matrix, so it has real eigenvalues $\lambda_1$ and $\lambda_2$ and corresponding orthonormal eigenvectors $\underline u_1$ and $\underline u_2$ and we know ...
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Difference between scattering amplitude and scattering lenght

I'm studying neutron scattering theory and I noticed that one usually writes the scattered wave as a spherical wave: $$\psi \sim \frac{-b} {r}e^{ikr}$$ where $b$ is known as scattering lenght. From ...
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How is the frequency unchanged in elastic wave scattering with a crystal?

it makes sense that with an inelastic scattering process, a wave approaches a crystal, and then some energy is imparted to the phonons, so that the outgoing wave has a different frequency from the ...
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Is this possible to determine exactly the scattering angle for inverse-cube force?

I am trying to determine the scattering cross section for the potential $$ V= \frac{a}{r} + \frac{b}{r^2}$$ As I am completely stuck while determining the scattering angle (I don't see a way to ...
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Rate of interaction of free electron with photons from sunlight

How many photons does a free electron (in sunlight say) interact with per second? I did a rough calculation assuming the electron interacts with any photon that enters through an area the size of ...
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Taking squares or square roots of differential forms?

Reading the recent paper Loop Integrands from the Riemann Sphere by Yvonne Geyer, Lionel Mason, Ricardo Monteiro and Piotr Tourkine I noticed that the authors occasionally seem to take squares and ...
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Non-square transfer matrix from square scattering matrix

I'm trying to construct the transfer matrix for an arbitrary system with 1 input and 2 outputs, like a splitter (shown below) or 1x2 multi-mode interferometer. (Image borrowed from ...
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Why conductors don't scatter light?

Air molecules can be oscillated by E field and re-radiate EM waves in different directions. However, if light is shined to a conductor the E field oscillate the free charges but the effect is to ...
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Will neutral particles be affected by EM waves?

Air molecules scatter sunlight and makes the sky blue. Many books say that the air molecules are oscillated by E field and so they become sources of EM waves. Is it because the air molecules have ...
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Relaxation time approximation in anisotropic potential scattering event

In relaxation time approximation (RTA) of Boltzmann transport theory, the relaxation time is calculated by $\frac{1}{\tau(\mathbf{k})}=\frac{2 \pi}{\hbar V}\sum_{\mathbf{k^{'}}} \delta ...
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Direct vs. Compound reactions

I know there are different types of direct reactions like inelastic scattering and such. But is the main difference between direct and compound reactions that one excites (Or at least can) the whole ...
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Dirac delta function definition in scattering theory

I'm studying scattering theory from Sakurai's book. In the first pages he gets to the following expression: $$\langle n|U_I(t, t_0)|i\rangle=\delta_{ni}-\frac{i}{\hbar}\langle ...
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One-particle scattering: LSZ vs Feynman

This question is about Klein-Gordon theory (the field is hermitian). If I calculate the amplitude for the process $\phi\to\phi$, I get two different results depending on whether I use Feynman rules ...
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Why is space black? [duplicate]

We on earth see the space black only at night. But on moon it observed that the space is black in both day and night even though the source is same for both ( the sun).Why? And also there are many ...
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Contradictory result for scalar-field propagator from Feynman rules and LSZ formula

I am trying to learn how to calculate scattering amplitudes in a Klein-Gordon theory. I am getting stuck with the simplest of the examples: $\phi\to\phi$ in a free scalar-field theory. Let's say that ...
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Difference between Rayleigh scattering and fluorescence spectroscopy [closed]

How can we differentiate Rayleigh scattering from fluorescence spectrum?
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How is Lippmann-Schwinger equation derived?

I'd like to know the derivation of Lippmann-Schwinger equation (LSE) in operator formalism and on what assumptions it is based. I consulted the Ballentine book as advised in this Phys.SE post, but I ...
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X-ray diffraction on thin film

As far as I am concerned, when we perform an X-ray diffraction experiment using a Bragg-Brentano diffractometer using the "powder method" we have that the scattering pattern depends on only one angle ...
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Plane wave expansion of cylindrical functions:Summation of the Hankel functions

I understand that; in cylindrical coordinates, the basic solutions of the Helmholtz equation are of the form Hankel function of integer order times a complex exponential term ...
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Optimal wavelength for low IR attenuation under normal atmospheric conditions?

I can't find any good data about the transmit attenuation of infrared light in the atmosphere transmitted horizontally (there is a bunch of stuff detailing penetration of radiation from space, but ...
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Why can't gravitons be created in traditional particle accelerators?

I've heard that it is incredibly difficult to detect a graviton, but I don't quite understand why. With all of the knowledge I have at the present time it seems like it should be possible to create a ...
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False sunset and false sunrise time estimation

False sunset and false sunrise are described . Here is a sample day rise and set time according to AccuWheather site and calculated value of sunrise and sunset in my country. Could you please help ...
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Interactions and scattering length in Feshbach resonances

In the context of cold atoms, one can make use of the Feshbach resonance mechanism to alter the sign and value of the two-particle scattering length by applying and varying an external magnetic field. ...
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Deformation parameters of a nucleus

How are the deformation parameters (quadrupole, hexadecapole etc) of a nucleus mathematically related to the reduced transition probabilities $B(El)$ values obtained experimentally?
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Undirected scattering is named fluorescence. What is directed scattering named?

Undirected scattering is named fluorescence. What is directed scattering named? Also, does fluorescence = spontaneous emission?
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Multiparticle Mandlestam Variables Extension

So in 4D we have three Mandlestam variables for a 4-particle scattering process. This corresponds to $p_i^\mu$ giving us 16 degrees of freedom. Momentum conservation reduces this by 4, and we have 4 ...
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Fermion - Antifermion (annihilation) scattering amplitude

I'm trying to get the scattering of the diagrams described here in the "annihilation, part ii" (fermion/antifermion - scalar/scalar) ...
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Scalar spherical wave in terms of Cylindrical coordinates

I am looking at a problem where a scalar spherical wave is scattered by an uncharged cylinder. I want to work in cylindrical coordinates in order to simplify it. Can anyone tell me how to expand the ...
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Incoherent Intermediate Scattering Function from Molecular Dynamics Simulations

I want to calculate the incoherent intermediate scattering function (ISF) using the self-part of the van Hove function. When I plot the ISF as a function of time, should I consider the modulus of the ...
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Why do we use Mie scattering to describe light scattering off large objects?

I'm an undergraduate student who has recently come across Rayleigh and Mie scattering and I'm trying to understand them a little better. As I understand it Rayligh scattering is used only when the ...
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How to compute scattering amplitude $\gamma\pi^+\to\pi^+\pi^0$

I wish to find the amplitude for process $\gamma\pi^+\to\pi^+\pi^0$ at low energies. I am familiar with the basic concepts and techniques of QFT but have never dealt with the scattering processes ...
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Scattering amplitude, link between quantum mechanics and QFT

In quantum mechanics, we can define the scattering amplitude $f_k(\theta)$ for two particles as the magnitude of an outgoing spherical wave. More precisely, the asymptotic behaviour (when ...
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How exactly analyticity of S-matrix comes from causality principle?

Recently I've read that analyticity of S-matrix ($S(k)$, where $k$ corresponds to momentum, may be analytically extended into complex values of momentum) comes from causality principle. How to prove ...
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Scattering and form factor

In Introductory Nuclear Physics by Krane (there's a PDF online), it is mentioned electron scattering on the nucleus to get a picture of the latter's shape, e.g., its radius. It is said the probability ...
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Potential step and exponential decay?

Let us say we have a wave going from a region ($x<0$) where the potential is $U_1$ to a region ($x>0$) where the potential is $U_2$. The wave function in the second region takes the form: ...
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Complex scaling method for solving resonance states

I am now reading about the complex scaling method for solving resonance states. As far as I understand, the procedure goes like this: Let us take the 1d potential $V(x) = A e^{-x^2} x^2 $ as an ...
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Rayleigh scattering equation for optical frequencies

I would like to know if there is an empirical/generic equation for Rayleigh scattering at optical frequencies in the atmosphere, similar to the Mie scattering model from Kim and Kruse which states ...
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Metastable $E=0$ s-wave bound state in a spherical potential well

I am currently dealing with scattering theory. I looked up the scattering on a spherical well potential. $$V(r) = \begin{cases} -V_0 & , r \leq R\\ 0 & ,r > R \end{cases} $$ where ...
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How to calculate material depth at which penetrating radiation direction becomes randomized?

Consider a very light particle impinging on a material composed of atoms which are effectively infinitely heavy (e.g., because they are bound together and stiff). If the scattering with nuclei is ...
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Inhomogeneous scattering from a dielectric box in 2D?

I wrote an E&M simulator and need to verify the accuracy. My simulator evaluates a 2D grid (which is what my camera measures), and would like to test an object that is minimally perturbed by ...
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Scalar Yukawa theory derivation

I am using Tong's notes for QFT, and on page 59 there is a derivation for the scattering amplitude of $\psi\psi \rightarrow \psi\psi$ in Scalar Yukawa theory. It goes from here: $$\langle ...
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Why does not Bhabha scattering contain u-channel diagram?

$e^+e^-\rightarrow e^+e^-$ is called Bhabha scattering. Let us only consider the tree level Feynman diagrams of this process. Apparantly, there are s-channel and t-channel diagrams as shown in the ...
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Metastable bound state in resonance scattering

In resonance scattering, why does the mean lifetime of the "metastable" bound state depend inversely on the width of the resonance?
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Free particle scattering in 2D using polar coordinates

The free particle hamiltonian commutes with the angular momentum operator L and Lz, so we can use a spherical wave basis instead of the regular plane-wave basis |k>, using spherical Bessel function ...
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Feshbach resonance in simple terms

I was reading up Feshbach resonances in cold atoms and I was unable to grasp the concept. I will tell you what I have understood. We consider two body scattering processes elastic as well as ...
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Why stars are white? According to Rayleigh Scattering

According to Rayleigh Scattering, the red waves are capable of travelling a long distance, so that only we are seeing the Sun as reddish during Sunset and Sunrise. If this was true then all other ...
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What is the charge/matter distribution?

I am a mathematics student who is doing an introductory course in nuclear physics and since the course is rather elementary a lot of the definitions/derivations are skipped which makes it quite tough ...