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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Metastable bound state in resonance scattering

In resonance scattering, why does the mean lifetime of the "metastable" bound state depend inversely on the width of the resonance?
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How to replace $T$-product with retarded commutator in LSZ formula?

I am reading Itzykson and Zuber's Quantum Field Theory book, and am unable to understand a step that is made on page 246: Here, they consider the elastic scattering of particle $A$ off particle $B$: ...
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Feshbach resonance in simple terms

I was reading up Feshbach resonances in cold atoms and I was unable to grasp the concept. I will tell you what I have understood. We consider two body scattering processes elastic as well as ...
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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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Free particle scattering in 2D using polar coordinates

The free particle hamiltonian commutes with the angular momentum operator L and Lz, so we can use a spherical wave basis instead of the regular plane-wave basis |k>, using spherical Bessel function ...
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Forward-scattering off a potential well

In his book, James Binney writes the following: My question is what is the meaning of this expansion as $1+T$? I say this because you don't tend to consider the possible "paths" that a particle ...
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Why stars are white? According to Rayleigh Scattering

According to Rayleigh Scattering, the red waves are capable of travelling a long distance, so that only we are seeing the Sun as reddish during Sunset and Sunrise. If this was true then all other ...
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What is the charge/matter distribution?

I am a mathematics student who is doing an introductory course in nuclear physics and since the course is rather elementary a lot of the definitions/derivations are skipped which makes it quite tough ...
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Correlation function and scattering amplitude in critical phenomena

When we use scattering radiation to probe critical phenomena, we have the usual Bragg relation for constructive interference $$|\vec{k}|=\frac{4\pi}{\lambda}sin\frac{\theta}{2}$$ where $\vec{k}$ is ...
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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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What is the physical interpretation of the automorphism on bounded operators induced by an S matrix?

In a QFT, the S-matrix $S$ is a unitary operator, that fixes the vacuum and commutes with the unitary operators implementing the action of the Poincare group on an appropriate Hilbert space $H$. ...
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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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What is the most accurate experimental confirmation of Rutherford's $\sin^{-4}\phi/2$ law?

What is the most accurate experimental confirmation to date of Rutherford's $\sin^{-4}\phi/2$ law, where $\phi$ is the scattering angle?
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The interaction between waves and particles according to their wavelength [duplicate]

Why do EM waves with a large wavelength like those in the red range (and radio waves) interact with particles less than those in the blue range? That is the reason why the sky is blue, is that right? ...
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Why can't Compton scattering happen in leading order of perturbation theory?

Why is the matrix element of Compton scattering in leading order of perturbation theory equal to zero? Why can this process only be described in second order of perturbation theory, i.e. with exchange ...
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Why can the Euler beta function be interpreted as a scattering amplitude?

The Wikipedia article on the Veneziano Amplitude claims that the Euler beta function can be interpretted as a scattering amplitude. Why is this? In another word, when the Euler beta function is ...
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potential barrier scattering when particle energy equals to the barrier height

What happens if we have $E=V$, where $E$ is the energy of a incoming particle and $V$ is the height of a square potential barrier? This wiki page actually gives a finite transmission probability for ...
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Finding finite square well width and depth from transmission resonance

For an electron incident a one-dimensional finite square well the transmission probability is $\approx$1 for electron energies $E_1=0.6 \textbf{ eV}$, $E_2=1.9 \textbf{ eV}$ and $E_3=3.4 \textbf{ ...
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Quantum theory of light

What's the scattering matrix for a PBS (polarization beam splitter)? Is it just unitary? If one polarization never couples into another polarization (then there's a lot of zeroes in that 4x4 matrix) - ...
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Why is the sky of the moon always dark?

Why is the sky of the moon always dark compared to the sky of the earth, doesn't it have day and night like earth?
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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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What causes these rainbow effects using a polarizing filter on an airplane?

I know that light reflected from a surface at 45° is polarized and that for a similar reason skylight arriving from a direction orthogonal to the sun is polarized too. Photographers make use of this ...
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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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plane wave state used for scattering calculation

When we do scattering calculation off a potential barrier, normally we would assume some incident plane wave and then make use of the boundary conditions. But how is this corresponding to the ...
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Poles for a particle scattered in a delta potential

I am working on problem a professor gave me to get an idea for the research he does, and have hit a point where I'm having a difficult time seeing where I need to go from where I'm at. I would also ...
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Altarelli-Parisi Splitting Function $P_{qq}(z)$ vanishing integral if and only if quark flavour sum rules and equivalence

Question 1: I believe both questions are in the context of Deep Inelastic Scattering. I've been given the expression for $F_{2}^{ep}(x)=(\frac{2}{3})^2[u(x)+\bar{u}(x)] +(\frac{1}{3})^2[d(x) + ...
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Model of scattering in wet things

You know that clothes and some surfaces become darker when wet (covered in an earlier question: why wet is dark?), because of the disordered reflections or of the refractive index of water or ...
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Does photon polarization take place without scattering processes?

Behind two perpendicular crossed polarisation filters (for visible light) the intensity of light will be zero. After installing a third filter between the two others non parallel to each of them some ...
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What is the reduced width amplitude of an unstable state?

Particularly used in nuclear physics when describing the lifetime (i.e. partial decay width) of a resonant state (a.k.a resonance) is the term "reduced width amplitude". I have searched online, and ...
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Probability current in scattering problems

This is a section from Wikipedia: In regions where a step potential or potential barrier occurs, the probability current is related to the transmission and reflection coefficients, respectively ...
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How much of the sunshine is scattered into the space?

How much more sunshine will the earth ground receive if without the atmosphere?
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Why does the moon sometimes appear giant and a orange red color near the horizon?

I've read various ideas about why the moon looks larger on the horizon. The most reasonable one in my opinion is that it is due to how our brain calculates (perceives) distance, with objects high ...
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Solution for elastic wave on plane of ideal contact between two half spaces of elastic, homogeneous, isotropic, linear solids

Please give the solution for elastic wave of arbitrary polarization incident at arbitrary angle on plane of ideal contact (meaning no slip, homothermal, nondissipative, and no transfer of material ...
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Plane wave expansion in cylindrical coordinates

I am trying to solve scattering problem in 2D and got to expand the wave function in cylindrical system which comes out to be Hankel function. Can you tell me how to expand the plane wave $\exp(i ...
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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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How would a huge ball of air look in space from outside and from inside?

If you replaced the Earth (except the atmosphere) with air and kept the pressure linear to the center (of the now non-existing Earth) while ignoring the effects this would have on gravity and leaving ...
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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 states of Hydrogen atom in non-relativistic perturbation theory

In doing second order time-independent perturbation theory in non-relativistic quantum mechanics one has to calculate the overlap between states $$E^{(2)}_n ~=~ \sum_{m \neq n}\frac{|\langle m | H' ...
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Resonant vs. Non-resonant Raman

What does it mean to say that the conventional Raman effect is non-resonant? And, how/why does resonant Raman give a stronger signal than the non-resonant type?
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Relation between scattering matrix and an effective Hamiltonian

Could somebody provide the proof (or reference to some accessible literature) of relation $$S(E) = 1 + 2πiW^{†} (H_M − E − iπW W^{†} )^{−1} W \tag{2}$$ of arXiv:0806.4889, which relates $S$-matrix to ...
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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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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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Mie's scattering Theory Problem

Is Mie's theory which describes the scattering of EM wave off sphere , possible to extend to spheroidal ? object or arbitrary shape with finite series expression ? I tried to replace the radial ...
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Are reflection and transmission coefficents real or complex?

Is it common practice to give reflection and transmission coefficients as the ratio of the respective waves with respect to the incident wave when written in complex form or real form? I have seen ...
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What is the range of validity of Fermi's Golden Rule?

It is well known that to calculate the probability of transition in the scattering processes, as a first approximation, we use the Fermi golden rule. This rule is obtained considering the initial ...
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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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Tadpole-free condition

Tadpole-free is a very important condition for perturbative string theory (which is equivalent to the theory to be expanded around the "right" vacuum). For simplicity, let's consider closed string ...
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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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scattering matrix superccurent density of states

while studying scattering formula for the supercurrent (Beenakker) I encountered that the density of states for discrete and continuous spectrum can be simultaneously described by taking $\epsilon\ ...
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A conjecture about the Møller operator

Consider the Møller operator $$ \Omega_+ = \lim_{t \rightarrow -\infty } e^{i H t } e^{- i H_0 t } , $$ Now, suppose a state $\psi $ is located far away from the potential $V = H- H_0$. I feel that ...