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 is the most accurate experimental confirmation of Rutherford's $\sin^{-4}\frac{\phi}{2}$ law?

What is the most accurate experimental confirmation to date of Rutherford's $\sin^{-4}\frac{\phi}{2}$ law, where $\phi$ is the scattering angle?
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QM scattering in a finite-sized box

Background Consider a non-relativistic particle in a one-dimensional box of length $L$ with (for definiteness) an attractive delta function at the origin: $H = \frac{P^2}{2m} -|c|\delta(x), \qquad ...
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Rainbow reflected on TV screen? (pic attached)

According to wikipedia, A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets... Given that we require ...
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Thomson scattering: radiation scattered in one direction or all directions?

I have a question about how Thomson scattering takes place. Say X-rays hit a bound electron in a crystal. (These electrons aren't "free", but the energy difference is so large that the scattering is ...
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X-rays scattered at righ angles of the incident ones: are they polarised?

Basic books dealing with the interaction of X-rays with matter ussually don't mention anything about the polarisation, but I read somewhere that X-rays scattered in matter are linearly polarized, ...
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Intensity of light wave penetrating soft tissue

I'm studying for a medical physics exam and I'm struggling with the following question: Calculate the fraction of energy which penetrates to a depth of 3cm in soft tissue for a beam of light at a ...
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Why organic materials' hole mobility is usually higher than electron mobility?

Most of OFETs, and in particular OTFTs, are p-type (p-channel devices), because the hole mobility is higher than the electron mobility in most organic materials (wikipedia). What is the reason for ...
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Boundary Conditions in a Step Potential

I'm trying to solve problem 2.35 in Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (2nd edition), but it left me rather confused, so I hope you can help me to understand this a little bit better. The ...
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Scattering amplitude with on-shell virtual photon

Let's assume electron-electron scattering in QED in second order of perturbation theory. Then in the corresponding scattering amplitude there will appear photon propagator $$ D_{\mu \nu}(q = p_{i} - ...
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What is the energy of a Gaussian wave packet?

Suppose we have a potential barrier situation, that is $V(x)$ is zero everywhere except on the interval $[-a,a]$, where it is equal to some $V_0 > 0$. Introduce some Gaussian shaped wave packet to ...
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Elastic scaterring of neutrinos - Why does the electron neutrino dominate this channel

Could anyone add more detail to this statement off wikipedia In the elastic scattering interaction, a neutrino collides with an atomic electron and imparts some of its energy to the electron. ...
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Dynamic equations for propagation of light through dust

For smoothly inhomogeneous media light propagation can be modeled by Maxwell's equations with non-constant $\varepsilon$ and $\mu$. This allows to relatively easily model propagation in the medium ...
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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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Scattering from a potential, matrix elements of momentum eigenstates, and the Fourier transform [closed]

I am working on my last quantum homework and don't know where to begin with part (i) in this question 4. Do I need to use a product rule in the FT and use convolution? Not sure how to go about the ...
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Is radar cross section the same as scattering cross section?

There is a quantity known as scattering cross section which is given as a function of frequency. It means the ratio of the scattered power by the particle to the ratio of the incident power on the ...
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About the definition of the Møller operator

The Møller operator is defined as $$\Omega_+ = \lim_{t\rightarrow -\infty} U^\dagger (t) U_0(t).$$ Does the operator $$ \lim_{t\rightarrow -\infty} U_0^\dagger (t) U(t) $$ also make sense? Is it ...
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What is the relation of scattering, extinction and absorption cross sctions with scattering parameters?

In optics and electromagnetics, they frequently calculate the extinction, scattering or absorption cross sections of a single particle (e.g. a sphere). Scattering cross section which is the ratio of ...
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Nature of Cooper pairs

Some people say it is bound state, some say it is not. Which is more accurate? Problem is that I read in some books, including Ziman, that Cooper pairs are bound states but my teacher says that it is ...
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How is the scattering length in 2d defined?

Scattering length is 3d is well-defined. In the literature, one can also see scattering length in 2d. How is it defined? Can we even generalize it to 1d?
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Rutherford Alpha Scattering

Why is the orbit of an alpha particle in the Rutherford gold foil scattering experiment a hyperbola? The equation of orbit of a two-body system under the influence of gravity ($F_g = -\gamma/r^2$) is ...
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intervalley optical phonon scattering

Is there any difference between modeling of intravalley and intervalley optical phonon scattering in solid?
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X-ray diffraction analyisis: The angle of elastic x-ray scattering

What is the scattering angle distribution for x-rays (in the 8keV range) scattered elastically? I work with XRD analysis, which is fundamentally basede on these elastic scatterings of x-rays. I read ...
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Screened potential of charged impurity in a 2-dimentional electron gas

What's the analytical relation of screened potential of charged impurity in a 2-dimentional electron gas?
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Is the scattering length definitely positive if the potential is everywhere nonnegative?

Is the scattering length definitely positive if the potential is everywhere nonnegative? Intuitively, it seems reasonable. Any rigorous proof?
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Dependence of scattering on particle size and refractive index

How does the intensity of light scattered by a medium depend on the refractive index and the size of the particles dispersed in the medium? I found plenty of literature about the dependence of ...
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Main differences between elastodynamic and light scattering when using S-matrix to find bound states

What are the main differences (top 5 if question is too broad), for using the S-matrix to find bound states, between elastodynamic and light scattering? (if it facilitates a higher quality ...
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Center-of-mass frame for massless particles

Given a scattering event where a photon and electron go in and a photon and electron come out, what is the center of mass frame? I'd say, since the photon has no mass, it's the rest frame of the ...
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Convergence of light by light scattering amplitude

Perhaps I'm too exhausted to see the answer of why the photon-photon scattering should contain no divergences. In Peskin and Schroeder page 320 we find that because of the Ward identity the ...
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Scalar Yukawa Theory in non-relativistic limit

I'm new to QFT, and am enrolled in a class at my school. I feel as though the teacher didn't give us the tools to tackle this problem yet. It's only the second week and we've gone through at most ...
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scattering by weak potential and the adiabatic hypothesis

In Ryder QFT, regarding the calculation of the scattering amplitude by a weak potential $V$, the potential is assumed to be switched on and off slowly using the adiabatic hypothesis. But there is a ...
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Wave-like description of Compton scattering and photoelectric effect

I have found in the wikipedia page for QFT the following statement: ... Although the photoelectric effect and Compton scattering strongly suggest the existence of the photon, it is now understood ...
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Why does S-matrix unitarity imply the cross section $\sigma$ $\propto$ $\frac {1}{s}$?

I'm currently learning for an oral exam in theoretical physics and as a learning aid protocols of older exams exist. In one protocol the question was asked: Why is the scattering cross section ...
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Clarification about Bragg's law explanation

The Wikipedia has this illustration of Bragg's law and then says The two separate waves will arrive at a point with the same phase, and hence undergo constructive interference, if and only if ...
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Au, Ag nanoparticles plasmon peak position?

Is the interaction between metallic nanoparticles (~ 20 nm) and light in the UV-Vis-NIR range governed by Mie theory or by Rayleigh scattering theory? Where are the Au and Ag plasmonic peaks located? ...
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Scattering theory textbooks

I am looking for a possibly extensive list of great textbooks on elastic and inelastic scattering of particles within quantum field theory. So far I am familiar with: Peskin and Schroeder: An ...
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How does velocity relate to energy difference in Compton scattering?

I'm having trouble understanding what my professor is getting at asking in this question. I just visited her office and her explanation minutely helped. I'm hoping to get a bit more clarity on what is ...
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Why isn't the sky violet? [duplicate]

Why isn't the sky violet? Is there any physical reason why the sky isn't perceived to be violet or is it all in our cones?
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Dual and Multiple scattering of protons in light elements

I was wondering whether dual large angle scattering and multiple small angle scattering is of great significance in proton colision with light nuclei in comparison to heavy nuclei. For instance given ...
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How do we predict electrical properties of a material using scattering data and vice-versa?

I know that the band gap is related to conductivity. What I'm wondering is what it is like for an experimentalist who is trying to figure out what an unknown material, a black box, is doing. The only ...
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Mie theory “upper limit”?

I have read most often that objects experimented with in Mie theory are on a scale not much larger than the incident wavelength (usually a fiber of diameter $5$ microns with an incident wavelength of ...
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spin conservation in exchange polarization process

Exchange polarization is the process by which spin is transferred between an electron beam and a system of polarized atoms (with a single valence spin). The process occurs as a result of the Pauli ...
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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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Spinor normalizations in Breit-frame: electric and magnetic form factors

We usually have the normalization (see e.g. page 110 in Halzen & Martin "Quarks and Leptons") $$u^{(r)\dagger}u^{(s)} = 2E\delta_{rs}$$ which leads to $${\bar{u}^{(s)}}u^{(s)} = 2m. $$ ...
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Thermodynamics of scattering theory

I have a couple of conceptual questions regarding the thermodynamics of scattering. Any partial answer or argument will be appreciated. For the sake of discussion, consider the scattering of ...
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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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Mode-dependent Andreev reflection

Consider the following Hamiltonian which describes massless Dirac fermion on the surface of a topological insulator nanowire, $$H = -i\hbar v_{F}\left[ \partial_{x}\sigma_{x} + ...
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Increase contrast on the image taken by CCD camera

I project a pattern on a reflecting object and I capture the reflected pattern (reflected via the object) using a CCD camera. However, the reflected pattern has a very low contrast (due to volume ...
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How to determine the sign of the s-wave scattering length?

I guess it is relatively easy to determine the magnitude of the scattering length $a$. We just need to measure the scattering cross section. In this way, we can determine the value of $a^2$. But ...
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Spin dependent Andreev refelction

What happens with the spin in Andreev reflection process ? The simple Bogoliubov - De Gennes equation for hole and electron does not contain information about the spin. I know there are some ...