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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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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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.
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What exactly is a bound state and why does it have negative energy?

Our professor hasn't explained what bound states are. Could you give me an idea of what they mean and their importance in quantum-mechanics problems with potential (e.g. a potential described by a ...
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Photon number conservation during scattering

I was reading this writeup on the Kompaneets equation and the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect. On page 3, section 2 the author states There is no way to increase the mean energy of a planckian ...
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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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Calculating Forces via Feynman diagrams?

How would one go about calculating forces that test objects feel using Feynman diagram methods? For example, say we have a massive object in GR so that the metric takes on the standard ...
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Are all scattering states un-normalizable?

I am an undergraduate studying quantum physics with the book of Griffiths. in 1-D problems, it said a free particle has un-normalizable states but normalizable states can be obtained by sum up the ...
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Is forward scattering = no scattering?

What is forward scattering? If it is equivalent to no scattering, then why not call it "no scattering"?
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Why an infinitely measuring apparatus in gravity is not possible?

In the discussion of the amplituhedron paper (arXiv:1312.2007), there is the following discussion in paragraph 14.outlook (page 28): Quantum mechanics forces us to divide the world in two pieces - ...
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Why does the conductivity $\sigma$ decrease with the temperature $T$ in a semi-conductor?

We performed an undergrad experiment where we looked at the resistance $\rho$ and Hall constant $R_\text H$ of a doped InAs semiconductor with the van der Pauw method. Then we cooled it down to around ...
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Connected and strongly connected Feynman diagrams

Recently I read, that only connected Feynman diagrams give contribution of nonzero values into the scattering amplitude. Why it is so and what is the physical sense of connected diagrams (due to ...
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Derivation of Scattering Equation 9.88 in Thornton & Marion

I am confused as to how a particular equation in Thornton & Marion's 'Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems' was derived. It is equation 9.88, on page 354 of the fifth edition. An incoming ...
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Why Cronin Effect Happens?

I'm looking for explanation on Cronin effect but unfortunately there's no Wikipedia entry or self-contained paper to start from. The statement of this effect is that: "At leading order, multiple ...
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Partial waves and the velocity expansion of a scattering cross section

I'm confused about the relation between the velocity expansion of a scattering cross section and the angular momentum (partial wave) expansion. For example, for dark matter annihilation, we write ...
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Scattering theory on Schrodinger and Feynman languages

Recently I heard that both of "languages" of scattering theory (formal solution by method of classical scattering theory and its reworking by Feynman with his rules) predict virtual particles. But for ...
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What are the criteria to have rutherford backscattering?

Assuming there is an incident beam(i.e. $p$ or $\alpha$) and a target. How can I be sure if a rutherford backscattering will take place? I know that for high $Z$ it more likely to happen as well as ...
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What is the sense of introducing generating functional to the summands of expansion of S-matrix?

Let's have generating functional $Z(J)$: $$ Z(J) = \langle 0|\hat {T}e^{i \int d^{4}x (L_{Int}(\varphi (x)) + J(x) \varphi (x))}|0 \rangle , \qquad (1) $$ where $J(x)$ is the functional argument ...
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Radial Wave Function for Spherical Squared Well Potential and $S$-Matrix

I have a problem with this exercise because I really don't know how to proceed. It's related with the "S-matrix". In class we saw this example: Consider the spherically symmetric potential: ...
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Some strange transformation [closed]

In a lecture (look at the chapter "The fermion determinant in a constant field", p. 5) I found some strange transformation, which is given by eq. 18. How to prove it? Exactly, I don't understand the ...
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Importance of MHV amplitudes

Why are MHV amplitudes so important? How/where are they used and why do people keep trying to rederive them in many different ways?