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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Why can't we see gases?

I am not sure what causes gas molecules to be invisible.This question may look silly but I really want to know the story behind it.
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Question about the Klein Paradox

I am trying to understand some points about the paradox, what I am doing is solving the for the step potential $$ V = V_0 ~\theta(z) $$ I have two solutions $$ \Phi_I = e^{ik_1 z} + r e^{-ik_1 z}$$ ...
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Compton Scattering: Klein-Nishina formula derivation

I'm following a derivation of the Klein-Nishina formula from scratch and this is what I have so far: $P_{e,i} = m_0\gamma_u[1,u]$ and $P_{\gamma,i} = [\frac{\hbar\omega_i}{c^2}, ...
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regarding the infinite cross section in Rutherford scattering

The differential cross section of Rutherford scattering blows as $\theta\rightarrow 0$. People express this fact as "The Coulombic potential is of long range". But I am seeing the opposite: $\theta ...
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Eikonal approximation in QFT

Does the eikonal approximation for calculating a scattering amplitude in QFT provide the exact result in the limit of $s\rightarrow\infty$ at finite $t=0$ ($s$ and $t$ are the usual Mandelstam ...
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Lippmann-Schwinger Equation with Outgoing Solutions

I'm reading about Green's functions and how the Lippmann-Schwinger equation eventually leads to the textbook expression for the form of wavefunctions in the far radiation zone after scattering by a ...
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A question about the energy of turning on and off interaction adiabatically in QFT

I read a saying as follows: In a theory with no particles which decay and no bound states, the turning on and off of the interactions merely serves to limit the effective range of forces. In this ...
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How does a wave packet get scattered?

Particles can be represented as wave packet. So how do particles get scattered? Waves superimpose on one another, they don't bounce off of on one another. It can be seen from picture there is a ...
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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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How do I determine resistivity from electron defects of high purity gold?

I am trying to create a plot for the electrical resistivity of high purity gold from 1 K to 1000 K. I found gold's resistivity at 300 K using the Wiedemann-Franz Law based on thermal conductivity data ...
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String Vertex Operators in Light Cone Gauge

I have a basic confusion about how to compute string scattering amplitudes in light cone gauge, using the operator formalism reviewed in GSW. I am familiar with the covariant gauge formalism, where I ...
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$\mathrm{d} \Omega_{CM}$ for a $1\rightarrow 2$ particle decay?

The differential solid angle is described in e.g. Srednicki's QFT text but only for the case of scattering. Because in the case of scattering it's defined with respect to the incoming three-momentum ...
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Allowed interactions in bosonic string theory

In a quantum field theory, only a finite set of interactions are allowed, determined by the Lagrangian of the theory which specifies the interaction vertex Feynman rules. In string theory, an ...
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Why must an integrating sphere be a sphere?

Why must an integrating sphere be a sphere? Why can't it be an integrating cube? What is the difference? Could I use a cube to measure total illuminance like an integrating sphere does?
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Scattering theory of Dirac equation in curved space-time in presence of a strong magnetic field

What is the exact solution of the Dirac equation in curved space-time in the presence of a strong magnetic field? The solution should be in momentum space for simplicity to calculate scattering cross ...
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Is it necessary to use decay width calculated at the same order as the scattering process?

I would like to calculate higher order corrections to a process for which there is an intermediate resonance which subsequently decays into lighter states. I am confused about how to treat the width ...
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How to estimate size of nucleus from minimum scattering angle of electrons? [closed]

I have the following problem: Electrons of energy 350MeV are scattered from a nucleus. The scatter pattern shows a minimum at a scatter angle of 45°. Estimate the size of the nucleus. I feel ...
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Quantum Mechanics - Rectangular Potential Barrier - Normalisation

I have a quick question regarding the normalisation of the wave function of a particle incident on a potential barrier specifically regarding the normalisation of the wave functions. The problem is ...
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Alpha scattering, observations and conclusions

For Rutherford's alpha scattering experiment where he fired alpha particles at a thin sheet of metal to determine the size of the nucleus, please can someone give me the direct link between his ...
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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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Scattering geometry question

While reading up on light scattering I came across this slide: My vector maths is a bit rusty and I am having trouble understanding the last term (scattering geometry). What is the significance of ...
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There are two definitions of S operator (or S matrix) in quantum field theory. Are they equivalent?

I read several textbooks of QFT and found that there are two kinds of definition of $S$ operator (or S matrix). First kind: Define $\hat{S}$ is map from out space to in space ...
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Materials about S-matrix and S-matrix theory

What is the best book or paper to learn about analytical structures of S-matrix and S-matrix theory? I already know books as The Analytic S-matrix by RJ Eden, PV Landshoff, DI Olive, JC P and Quantum ...
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What's the relation or difference between Lippmann-Schwinger equation and Dyson equation?

In quantum scattering theory, Green's Function is defined as [1] $$G_0(z)=(z-H_0)^{-1},$$ $$G(z)=(z-H)^{-1},$$ where $H_0$ and $H=H_0+V$ are separately non-interacting and interacting Hamiltonian. $V$ ...
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Solving the 1-d time-independent Schroedinger's equation with an infinite boundary

In my introductory modern physics class we have examined time-independent solutions to the Schrödinger equation in 1 dimension. We looked at a few cases without finite boundary, e.g., free particles ...
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Reflection of an evanescent matter wave within a finite barrier?

To my understanding if I have a finite barrier with potential $V(x)>E$, then to the left of the barrier, the wavefunction can be represented as two exponentials: $$\psi= e^{(ik_{left} x)} + ...
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For the two identical particles scattering, How can i identify two particles are bosons or fermions?

If two particles are scattered. How can i know those two particles are bosons or fermions?
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A question regarding a minus sign in the derivation of Rutherford's scattering formula

In the derivation of Rutherford's scattering formula, for example, this one here or this one here, we conclude that: $$\frac{db}{d\theta} < 0,$$ i.e., as the collision parameter increases, the ...
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Difference between positron and electron scattering in Coulomb field

In first order of perturbation theory the S-matrix amplitude for electron scattering in the Coulomb field will be (up to normalization factors) $$ S_{fi} = \frac{iZ q^2}{\sqrt{2E_{f}2E_{i}}}\bar ...
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Is the plane wave model always valid in reflection and transmission?

my question is related to another one I asked, but I foolishly made that question about several things (experiment, computation, theory) at once so it was confused. I was talking to my boss about ...
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Phonon scattering process in raman spectroscopy

I am trying to understand diagrams that involve showing phonon scattering processes that contribute to raman spectroscopy peaks. For example, I drew the one at the bottom of this post. This is ...
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Why do some sunsets have a green flash?

Some sunsets exhibit a phenomenon called "green flash," where there is a quick flash of green light right as the sun is setting. I have seen this myself several times, and sort of understand it. I am ...
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Why isn't steam/cloud blue like liquid and solid water?

Most of us here are aware as I think that pure water has a natural quest to absorb visible red colour wavelength slightly due do which liquid water and sometimes even ice appears to have a blue colour ...
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Little confusion in drawing Feynmam diagram

If the arrows of both the outgoing solid lines of the Feynman diagram corresponding to the bhabha scattering of $e^+$ and $e^-$, are just reversed, will it not describe same thing? Doesn't both imply ...
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What would Rutherford scattering be like off a “plum pudding model” atom?

Qualitatively, for a plum pudding model atom (where the positive charge of each atom is even diffused throughout the volume of the atom) I think that the deflection of incident alpha particles would ...
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Can $\langle\Omega|f|\Omega \rangle$ always be reduced to $\langle0|f|0\rangle$?

I've not come across any expression involving $\langle\Omega|f|\Omega\rangle$ in Srednicki's QFT book (please correct me if these exist there). On the other hand, they are abound in Chapter 7 of ...
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Single-channel vs multi-channel scattering

I am studying quantum scattering and stumbled upon the "scattering channel" and "single- and multi-channel scattering" terms. However, I didn't manage to find any sufficiently formal definitions of ...
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Infinite and Finite Square Wells

For the infinite square well in the first region, outside the well: $$\frac{-\hbar^2}{2m}\frac{d^2 \psi}{dx^2} + V(x) \psi (x) = E \psi (x),$$ where you set $V = 0$. Rearranging gives $$\frac{d^2 ...
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Notation for Propability Amplitudes

I've recently stumbled upon a certain piece of notation that doesn't quite seem clear to me. When discussing the amplituhedron, my teacher mentioned the relation between the volume and the amplitude ...
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Sunrise/Sunset on a planet with an A-Class or B-Class Star

I'm a sci-fi writer, and I have a question regarding a hypothetical planet that orbits an A-class or B-class Star. Assuming Rayleigh Scattering occurs roughly the same way on this planet as it does ...
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Green's function in path integral approach (QFT)

After having studied canonical quantization and feeling (relatively) comfortable with it, I have now been studying the path integral approach. But I don't feel entirely comfortable with. I have the ...
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Delta normalization and density of states in the Golden rule of Fermi

In the text-book derivation of first order inelastic scattering amplitude, box normalization is usually used to calculate the result. This leads to a correct result through the Golden Rule of Fermi, ...
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Phase Shift of Tunneling Wave

What is the phase shift of a wave that tunnels through a barrier, meaning the difference in phase between the incoming (in front of the barrier) and the outgoing (behind the barrier) waves? For ...
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Any difference between “Mueller matrix” and “Scattering matrix”?

I find in some references 4x4 Mueller matrix and in other references 4x4 Scattering matrix. Are they different or identical? If they are different, I would like to know the book or any research ...
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s-wave, p-wave or d-wave collisions in scattering theory

In scattering theory, what is a good intuitive picture to think of s-wave, p-wave or d-wave collisions ? What is their importance and what are the examples where a particular one is assumed to be the ...
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What do they mean with: photon scattering with $q^2=-Q^2\leq 0$

In a scattering problem, let q denote the four-momentum of the photon. Is $q^2=-Q^2\leq 0$ simply a statement of what metric one uses and simultaneously a definition of $Q^2$?
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Naive question about the S-matrix

In quantum field theory, the elements of the S-matrix are defined as the amplitude describing the transition from an initial $n$-particle state (the "in" state) to an final $m$-particle state: ...
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Why does the Debye-Scherrer procedure work (powder diffractometer)

In the Debye-Scherrer procedure a sample of crystalline powder is hit by a beam of monochromatic photons. The diffracted photons are measured with a detector. We have constructive interference of the ...
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Form factor and Guinier regime [duplicate]

sorry for reposting. I dont get why it is such a good idea to plot the logarithm of the form factor vs $Q^2$ in Guinier plots. It seems arbitrary to me.
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Guinier regime for form factor

Why is it such a good idea to plot the logarithm of the form factor vs $Q^2$ in Guinier plots. It seems arbitrary to me.