A cross-section is the name given to a hypothetical unit of area (often in units of Barns) for measuring the probability of scattering events in particles collisions. DO NOT USE THIS TAG for a physical non-probabilistic cross-section of a macroscopic object.

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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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colliding point particles

when I draw e.g. the diagram of compton scattering I assume that the electron of given momentum gets 'hit' by a photon and interacts with it. How close does the photon have to get to the electron that ...
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Gamma matrices in Decay Calculations [closed]

I am trying to calculate the transition amplitude, $\lvert M^2\rvert$, for the process where a top quark (momentum p) decays to a bottom quark (momentum q) and a $W^+$ boson (momentum k). I am ...
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Why IR divergences cancel by cross sections of next-to-leading diagrams?

I was reading QFT & Standard Model by Schwartz, Chapter 20 which is about IR divergences. He says that IR divergences only cancel cross sections for processes involving different initial or ...
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Database of experimental cross sections for atomic collisions

Does the atomic-physics community keep a comprehensive database of experimental data (cross sections) for atomic collisions? I am looking for data about Bremsstrahlung, ionization, elastic and ...
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Differential Cross Section

I would like to know what exactly the term differential cross section means. It comes from electron scattering experiments which are used to deduce the charge distribution of a nucleus and the cross ...
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Interaction rates from cross sections in a thermalized gas

Consider a target particle embedded in a gas with a thermal distribution of velocities. If we know the cross section $\sigma$ for interactions between the target particle and a gas particle, how do we ...
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One dimensional scattering cross section

My quantum mechanics book (http://www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/people/JamesBinney/qb.pdf, pages 94-95 of the pdf, or 86-87 of the book) considers the one dimensional step potential ...
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Why average incoming spins and sum over outgoing spins? [duplicate]

The book by Griffith on elementary particles reads: A typical experiment starts out with beam of particles whose spin orientations are random, and simple counts the number of particles in a given ...
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Differential Cross sections from amplitude scattering matrix

How can I get the differential cross sections from the amplitude scattering matrix, $S$ (2x2 matrix)? I've seen this in a Mie solution solver: Parallel Polarized Light: dCsdOp = $\frac{2}{\pi k} ...
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Units of rutherford singly differentiated cross section for secondary electron production

I have an equation that I have found in several papers which I am currently using for a project, including Waligorski (1986) and this book page 32. 4.2 BUTTS AND KATZ MODEL Butts and Katz ...
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2-body differential cross section in CM frame discrepancy

The standard equation for the 2-body differential cross section in the CM frame (from several references) seems to be: $$\frac{d\sigma}{d\Omega} = \frac{1}{64\pi^2s}\frac{q}{k}|\mathcal{M}|^2,$$ where ...
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How to write down the Lippmann-Schwinger equation for such a problem? [closed]

Suppose there are three particles, 1, 2, 3. Initially, particle 2 and particle 3 form a bound state. Particle 1 is free. Now we want to study the scattering of particle 1 against the 2-3 bound system. ...
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How to get rid of Dirac deltas in a phase space integration of one final particle procecess?

I was trying to compute a cross section of a process $AB\to{}C$ using formula (4.79) from Peskin $d\sigma=\frac{1}{2E_A2E_B|v_A-v_B|}\frac{d^3p}{2E(2\pi)^3}|M|^2\delta^4(p_A+p_B-p) $ The problem is ...
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Going from width to cross section

Given the decay width of a process, $\Gamma(A\to B+C)$, is it possible to turn this around to find the production cross section, $\sigma(B+C\to A)$? Edit: In particular I have been thinking of ...
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Relation between Compton Wavelength and Bound States

In their paper, "A Theory of Dark Matter" (http://arxiv.org/pdf/0810.0713v3.pdf), the authors in a section argue that if there is a massive dark matter particle $\chi$ which interacts via a force ...
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Finding scattering cross section for a sphere

I am trying to determine the scattering cross-section for a sphere ($\sigma_s$). I have filled a scattering matrix $F(\phi,\theta)$ for all $\theta$ from $0$ to $180$ degrees and all $\phi$ from $0$ ...
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Phase space measure in positron-electron annihilation calculation

I'm still trying to calculate the cross-section of the $e^- e^+ \rightarrow \mu^- \mu^+$ interaction in first order. This time I'm struggling with the phase space measure. Note that I have two ...
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Measurement of cross section

When we measure the cross section of an interaction what is it that we actually measure in a real experiment? I know what cross section is and how to derive an expression for a given process but I ...
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Using couple channel plus imaginary potential as against only imaginary potential in nuclear reactions

In some situations coupled channel calculation incorporating inelastic scattering and imaginary potential produces results comparable to experiments for elastic scattering rather than using an ...
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A conceptual question about scattering theory in quantum mechanics

When defining the cross section, we use this formula $$ \psi_S = \frac{f(\theta,\phi)}{r} e^{ikr},$$ to prove this one $$ j_{out} = \frac{|f(\theta,\phi)|^2}{r^2} \frac{\hbar k}{\mu},$$ and then ...
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Differential cross section for photon scattering on fixed magnetic dipole

Photon with energy $\hbar\omega$ scattering on a fixed particle with magnetic momentum $\vec{\mu} = \mu \vec s$. How to calculate a differential and total cross section for the photon. I've found in ...
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Photon polarization sum prescription in $e^-e^+\to{}2\gamma$

In calculating the amplitude for the process $e^-\gamma\to{}e^-\gamma$ the substitution $\sum\epsilon_{\mu}\epsilon^*_{\nu}\to-\eta_{\mu\nu}$ is useful to sum over photon polarizations. If we ...
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Why is cross section inversely proportional to wavelength for interstellar scattering?

The following problem was part of a homework for my Cosmology class: Compare the probability of interstellar scattering of photons of yellow light (5000 angstroms) and 50 micron infra-red light. ...
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$2\to3$ Phase space Integration

I have a $2\to3$ process ($P=p_1+p_2 \to p_3+p_4+p_5$) where all particles in the initial state and one of the particles in the final state ($p_3$) are massless. The other two ($p_4$ and $p_5$) have ...
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Calculating $\alpha$-Particles Detected During Rutherford Scattering (Cross Sections)

I am currently studying nuclear cross sections and this question considers the classic Rutherford scattering experiment. Here is a diagram of the experiment: The detector is at right-angles to the ...
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Constant Rayleigh Scattering Cross Section

in the Review of Particle Physics - Interactions of Particles with Matter, there is a plot that gives the cross sections for different interactions of photons with matter. One of them is Rayleigh ...
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Is scattering cross section determined by mass?

This is just for visible light/photon scattering. Let's say I have small spherical particles in water, if I keep the weight concentration of glass the same but change the diameter of glass sphere from ...
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How to calculate the differential scattering cross section?

I am doing some simulations with the Meep code to study some properties of a metal nanoparticle. The situation is this: an incident electromagnetic wave on a metal nanoparticle. By now I know how to ...
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For which temperatures are the ENDF cross-sections given?

In ENDF there are cross-sections given for different types of nuclear interactions. For example, this file gives the cross-sections for different neutron energies. However, it is not clear, which ...
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Cross-Section Compendium?

Are there any books or references that exhaustively list cross-sections for various processes in QED or particle physics? I think such a book would make for a very useful reference, and in particular ...
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What is the phase space for outgoing photons?

For a scattering process for which $n$ fermions are scattered, (by some conventions) the cross section acquires a phase space factor of: $$d\sigma \sim \prod_{i=1}^n\frac{d^3p_i}{(2\pi)^3 2E_i}$$ ...
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regarding vertex function and proton scattering

I am currently going through electromagnetic form factor. I came across the fact that since the proton is not an elementary particle its scattering(elastic) with electron can be modeled using general ...
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total cross section and contribution

Since in electron electron scattering if initial energy is quite large then muon antimuon production process can also take place which also contributes thus increases the total cross section. What ...
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Different cross section for W and Z boson

At hadron colliders the cross section for W production is about ten times larger than the production cross section for Z bosons (e.g. Figure 2 in this review article). I guess the dominant ...
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Form Factor in Rutherford Scattering

My question relates to Rutherford Scattering of particles. When we calculate the "differential cross-section" expression for a nucleus with finite size, it is said that the expression is almost the ...
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Is the total cross section a Lorentz Invariant?

In Peskin and Schroeder's book (P&S), on the botton of page 106, the authors say that the total cross section transforms as its only non-invariant factor, namely: $$ {1 \over E_{A} E_{B} |v_A - ...
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Why is number of collisions equal to number of scattered particles times number of scatterers?

In Landau, Lifshitz "The Classical Theory of Fields" $\S12$ "Invariant cross-section" the following is said1: ... according to the usual definition of the cross-section $\sigma$, the number of ...
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Understanding the concept of cross section

The cross section is a tiny area, measured in barns ($10^{-28} \mathrm{m^2}$), which relates to the probability of a reaction. But I have trouble interpreting that number. For example how can I ...
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Why are neutrino and antineutrino cross sections different?

Particularly in the case of Majorana neutrinos, it seems a little odd that the particle and antiparticle would have differing cross sections. Perhaps the answer is in here, but I've missed it: ...
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From a cross section to a probability

This is homework problem: Given the cross-section of a neutrino-electron scattering, what is the probability for a solar neutrino to scatter with a electron as it goes through the center of the Earth? ...
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How to sum over final, and average over initial color states?

Consider the $s$-channel mediated top quark production process $$ d + \overline d \rightarrow t + \overline t$$ Using the Feynman rules for QCD, the amplitude contains a color factor $$[c^\dagger ...
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Energy dependent cross sections for neutrons

Do you know where I can find a table with energy dependent cross sections for neutrons? Thanks!
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Conversion of QCD cross section formula

I'm writing a program to calculate NLO cross sections for semi-inclusive high-$p_T$ pion production in proton-proton-collisions for my bachelor thesis. I've got a paper describing the production ...
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Internuclear Binding Force: Experimental geometric detail

I am looking for the most precise currently available deuterium potential energy curve (generated purely by experimental data) on the nucleon-nucleon scale. This is crucial. I need a radial ...
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Do molecular bounded systems shield or reduce neutron cross-sections?

When talking about neutron cross-sections, literature is usually investigating isolated cases of Neutron + Atom. Here, the abundance of hydrogen is dominating neutron fluxes through material. I ...
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Rutherford Experiment - practical and theoretical questions

I performed the Rutherford experiment the other day, using Au thin foil of $2\,\mathrm{\mu{}m}$, a source/gun of α particles (241Am) and a detector/counter. α particles were shot from the source ...
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How to prove the equivalence of two definitions of the scattering cross section

I have noticed that there are two definitions of differential scattering cross section in non-relativistic quantum mechanics. One of them is the most popular, particularly it is used in the book of ...
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Trouble evaluating an integral arising from particle collision

Assume we have two charged particles colliding. He have particle 1 with mass $m_1$, charge $Z_1 \cdot e$ which travels in $x$-Direction passing by a STATIONARY particle 2 (mass $m_2$, charge $Z_2 ...
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Do nuclear reaction cross sections depend on the angle between incident beam and target-crystal?

Shouldn't the absorption rate of a beam of particles strongly depend on the angle between the beam and the target material's crystal-axis (if the target material is a monocrystal)? At certain angles, ...