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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When we define the S-matrix, what are “in” and “out” states?

I have seen the scattering matrix defined using initial ("in") and final ("out") eigenstates of the free hamiltonian, with $$\left| \vec{p}_1 \cdots \vec{p}_n \; \text{out} \right\rangle = S^{-1} ...
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Why is the sky blue? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the sky change color? Basically what the title says. What mechanisms are significant and how do they contribute to make the sky blue. Also when the sky is not ...
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Electron Incident On A Finite Potential Barrier

This is problem 2.8.3 from Miller's Quantum Mechanics For Scientists And Engineers. I'm getting stuck when I try to figure out the wave equation on the right-hand side of the barrier. The original ...
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What is the difference between Raman scattering and fluorescence?

What is the difference between Raman scattering and fluorescence? Both phenomena involve the emission of photons shifted in frequency relative to the incident light, because of some energetic ...
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Proof of Yang's theorem

Yang's theorem states that a massive spin-1 particle cannot decay into a pair of identical massless spin-1 particles. The proof starts by going to the rest frame of the decaying particle, and relies ...
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scattering singularity

In QFT when one works out the cross section between two colliding electrons one gets a formula which is proportional to $\theta^{-4}$ where $\theta$ is the scattering angle which is due to a nearly ...
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Light in the absence of colloids?

If Earth had no colloids (Don't take LIFE into account) or any kind of scattering medium (like atmosphere) that promote to Tyndall effect, how would we able to receive the sun's rays? In the other ...
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Why is a nucleus isotropic?

I believe in Neutron Scattering the neutrons after hitting a nucleus can bounce in any of 360*3 dimensions -> 1080 degrees? Why is this so? Shouldn't it only bounce "off" the neutron in approximately ...
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Scattering on delta function potential

Suppose a particle has energy $E>V(+/-\infty)=0$, then the solutions to the Schrodinger equation outside of the potential will be $\psi(x)=Ae^{i k x}+Be^{-i k x}$. How can one show or explain that ...
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Scattering problem: Converting the two-body lab frame problem into a one-body center-of-mass frame problem

I'm reading the section on scattering in Goldstein's Classical Mechanics, and I have a rather basic question about this. It says that scattering in the laboratory is a two-body problem because of ...
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Finding the number of particles scattered by a certain angle

I'm trying to do the problem below, but it seems like there is incomplete information. PROBLEM STATEMENT: In a scattering experiment, $10^6$ $\alpha$ particles are scattered at an angle of ...
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Meaning of $d\Omega$ in basic scattering theory?

In basic scattering theory, $d\Omega$ is supposed to be an element of solid angle in the direction $\Omega$. Therefore, I assume that $\Omega$ is an angle, but what is this angle measured with respect ...
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What is the relationship between Luminosity, Intensity, and Flux?

I am always confused by the terminology: In high energy particle scattering, and in particular, in the context of collider physics, what is the relationship between luminosity, intensity and flux? ...
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Scattering problem: Expression for angular momentum of particle

I'm reading Goldstein's Classical Mechanics, the part on "Scattering" in the "Central Force" chapter. In relation to the figure below, he says that angular momentum, $l$, is given by $$l=mv_0s$$ ...
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How do we distinguish between virtual particle exchange and particle decay?

The difference between virtual particles and unstable particles is discussed at length in this question (namely, virtual particles correspond to internal lines in Feynman diagrams and are not ...
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Quark Radius Upper Bound

If quarks had internal structure (contradicting current beliefs), what is the lowest upper bound on their "radius" based on current experimental results? If possible, I'd prefer to only consider ...
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Compton scattering angle

Say a photon hits a free electron at rest. I understand that there is a formula for the Compton scattering when the photon is scattered with an angle $\theta$, but I don't understand what determines ...
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scattering theory quantization condition

where and how is found the scattering quatniztion condition $ det (1-zS)= 0 $ so the energies or bounded states of scattering come out from this here $ S=S(k)=e^{2i\delta (k)} $ where could i find ...
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Compton scattering multiple wavelengths?

The formula given for compton scattering shows that when x-ray of one specific wavelength hits carbon or some materials, emitted x-ray will be of one new specific wavelength. However, according to ...
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When does the “norm of quasi-eigenvectors” matter in calculations? For which physical results are these even used?

Which physical system in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics is actually described by a model, where the norm of the "position eigenstate" (i.e. the delta distribution as limit of vectors in the ...
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How do particle scattering cross sections scale with energy in colliders?

How do particle scattering cross sections scale with energy in colliders? Particularly photons, electrons, protons, and gold or lead nucleii? (If necessary, break this into four separate questions.) ...
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Understanding Dynamic light scattering

I'd like to understand the physics of dynamic light scattering experiment. In particular I want to understand the basic relation between relaxation time $\tau_q$ and the diffusion coefficient $D$: ...
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Does the Breit Wigner formula apply to intermediate virtual particles?

Breit Wigner Formula describes the cross section for interactions that proceed dominantly via a intermediate particle (O*) A+B → O* → C + D: $$σ = \frac{2\Pi}{k^{2}}\frac{Γ_{i}Γ_{f}}{(E-E_{o})^{2} + ...
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Radiative Corrections and Bremsstrahlung

I am having trouble understanding why it is consistent to include "Breamsstrahlung" diagrams in computations of scattering amplitudes. For example, consider the scattering of two electrons to two ...
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If blue light has a higher energy than red light, why does it scatter more?

As $E=hf=\frac{hc}{\lambda}$, blue light - with a smaller wavelength - should have a higher energy. However, it is the case that blue light scatters the most. Why is it that higher energy rays scatter ...
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Angle of deflection of an atomic nucleus [closed]

when firing a proton (for example) to an atomic nucleus, from a distance $D$, the deflection angle of the proton $\alpha $ to the type of changes atomic nuclei? or always constant?
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Why does the d-spacing of a polymer decrease as its crystallinity increases?

I am currently investigating the annealing of a polymer (Parylene-C). In my reading I have found that when the polymer is annealed, there is a decrease in thickness of the film which results from a ...
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A certain gluon scattering amplitude

I am stuck with this process of calculating the tree-level scattering amplitude of two positive helicity (+) gluons of momentum say $p_1$ and $p_2$ scattering into two gluons of negative (-) helicity ...
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Spinor integration

I am learning on-shell methods for one loop integrals from this paper: Loop amplitudes in gauge theory: modern analytic approaches by Britto. Starting with formula (18) spinor integration is ...
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Differential cross section in momentum space?

Suppose I have a spherically symmetric potential and I can find its cross section in configuration space (i.e position-space), $d\sigma / d\theta$. Now I need to find its distribution $d^2\sigma / ...
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At what angle does a single atom “reflect” a single photon?

Does this question make sense in the quantum world? Imagining a single photon (wave packet?) interacting with a single atom (its electrons etc) how do we currently describe/define the emitted photon ...
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Some more questions about the BCFW reduction

This question is a continuation of this previous question of mine and I am continuing with the same notation. One claims that one can actually split this $n$-gluon amplitude such that there is just ...
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Why are scattering matrices unitary?

In Griffith's QM book, he introduces scattering matrices as an end-of-the-chapter problem. For a Dirac-Delta potential $V(x) = \alpha \delta (x - x_0)$, I've derived the scattering matrix and ...
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Some questions about the BCFW reduction

I am trying to give a fast sketch of what the BCFW reduction does and embed within it some questions at the steps which I don't seem to understand clearly. The first bullet point is sort of a very ...
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Unitarity of S-matrix in QFT

I am a beginner in QFT, and my question is probably very basic. As far as I understand, usually in QFT, in particular in QED, one postulates existence of IN and OUT states. Unitarity of the S-matrix ...
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$WW\to t\bar{t}$ growth

I was told recently that "it is well known that processes like $WW\to t\bar{t}$ ($t$ being a top, or any massive fermion) grows linearly with the energy in the absence of an Higgs boson." Does anyone ...
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Why is it necessary for an object to have a bigger size than the wavelength of light in order for us to see it?

I keep hearing this rule that an object must have a bigger size than the wavelength of light in order for us to see it, and though I don't have any professional relationship with physics, I want to ...
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Different kinds of S-matrices?

It seems to me that the notion of an "S-matrix" refers to several different objects One construction you can find in the literature is allowing the coupling constant to adiabatically approach 0 in ...
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How does physics scattering experiments relate to real life? And what does the scientist gain from such experiments?

How does physics scattering experiments relate to real life? And what does the scientist gain from such experiments? I am having a hard time figuring the answer out. Please help.
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Physical interpretation of infinite total cross section

What does it tell us about a process, say A+B->C+D, if the calculated total cross section is infinite?
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Cross sections and renormalization scheme

Can the result on cross section of some process be dependent on the renormalization scheme used?
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Tree level QFT and classical fields/particles

It is well known that scattering cross-sections computed at tree level correspond to cross-sections in the classical theory. For example the tree level cross-section for electron-electron scaterring ...
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Phase shift for Scattering in radial potentials

given a radial potential in 3 dimension and its Schroedinguer equation $ -D^{2}U(r) + \frac{l(l+1)}{r^{2}}+V(r) $ here D means derivative with respect to 'r' then if we apply quantum scattering how ...
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What is the dominant interaction in elastic collision pi- + neutron -> pi- + neutron?

What is the dominant interaction in elastic collision pi- + neutron -> pi- + neutron? Is it strong nuclear interaction or electromagnetism? Edit: sorry I meant to say "elastic". There is no matter - ...
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What is deep Fresnel region?

If I understand correctly, it has something to do with autocorrelation function, but can someone give me a definition or exact explanation? In case of scattering, if you wish to analyze pattern with ...
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Raman Scattering and the Kramers-Heisenberg Formula

Using the words of the wikipedia article Raman Scattering: The Raman effect corresponds, in perturbation theory, to the absorption and subsequent emission of a photon via an intermediate ...
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diffusion by an external potential in quantum field theory

I'm studying quantum field theory and I encountered some problems of diffusion of particles by an external potential. Until now I have to do with diffusion of the type particle-particle obtaining the ...
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What does the Rayleigh Phase Function tell us

I am working on some radiative transfer equations, and struggling as I'm fairly new to this field. I have read about the Rayleigh Phase Function which is: $P(\theta) = \frac{3}{4}(1 + cos^2 \theta)$ ...
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Why can we treat quantum scattering problems as time-independent?

From what I remember in my undergraduate quantum mechanics class, we treated scattering of non-relativistic particles from a static potential like this: Solve the time-independent Schrodinger ...
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What is the Jost function in scattering theory?

What is the Jost function in scattering theory? Is it an operator or some kind of determinant? How is it obtained?