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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Deep Inelastic Scattering - electromagnetic current

When one tries to compute the deep inelastic scattering for the process: where $l$ is a lepton with incoming momentum $k$ and outgoing $k'$, $h$ is an hadron with momentum $P$, $q$ denotes some ...
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Is diffuse reflection elastic or inelastic scattering of light and how about with spectral?

If images are lost in diffuse reflection does this mean the light will only scatter inelastically or can it be elastic as well?
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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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Thomson scattering cross section: free electrons vs atoms

I am trying to find a reference for the Thomson scattering cross section difference between free electrons and atoms. I have always assumed that free electrons have a higher cross sections, but I can ...
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How does momentum transfer in light scattering relate to the object size?

The momentum transfer vector is defined as the difference between the incident vector and the scattered vector. In the case of coherent light scattering, the momentum transfer vectors can be ...
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Differential cross-section for a 2-particle process in the LAB frame

This should really be a straightforward calculation, but somehow, I keep confusing myself and failing over and over again. I did the calculation so many times that I don't even know what I'm looking ...
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Spinor helicity formalism - original reference?

The spinor helicity formalism is a modern technique widely used in scattering amplitude calculations nowadays. However, it is hard to find a reference for who first came up with the formalism. Maybe ...
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Why the cross section can be obtained directly from the stationary scattering states?

I'm currently studying scattering theory in the book Quantum Mechanics, Vol. 2 by Cohen-Tannoudji. In the book the author deduces that to find the number of particles detected far from the target at a ...
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Crossing Symmetry in Bhabha scattering and Moller scattering

Given the amplitude for a particular process, it may be possible to obtain the amplitude for another similar process by a so called crossing symmetry. I know there is a $s \leftrightarrow u$ crossing ...
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How does Compton scattering demonstrate particle over wave behavior?

Why is Compton scattering thought to demonstrate light's behavior as a particle over that as a wave. I'm interested in the thoughts at the time of Compton, but also how it contradicts current theory ...
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Physical poles in QFT scattering amplitudes?

In QFT, for instance in $\phi^3$ theory, the scattering amplitudes are said to be constrained to feature so called "physical poles" only. Consider generalized Mandelstam variables ...
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Relation between probability density and transmission probability of a wavefunction?

Problems I did on current densities in elementary quantum mecanics course gives the answer contains transmission coeffecients, I am wondering is there any relation among them.
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$e^-e^-\rightarrow e^-e^-$ scattering relative negative sign quick computation

In the QED scattering process $e^-e^-\rightarrow e^-e^-$ there are two possible diagrams in the tree level. If I label the momenta I have, $$e^-(k_1)\quad e^-(k_2)\quad \longrightarrow \quad ...
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1D Scattering Phase Shift (Finite Well) - Unphysical?

I am calculating the phase shift from a 1-dimensional potential well. This seems extremely simple, but I am just getting so confused by it. Let there be a potential well of depth $V_0$ and spatial ...
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Pion-pion scattering amplitude with an effective Lagrangian

I have to compute the scattering amplitude at tree level for the process $$ \pi^{a}\pi^{b} \rightarrow \pi^{c}\pi^{d} $$ with an interaction given by what is written in the square brackets of the ...
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Mie theory: Interpretation in terms of intensity

I'm trying to understand Mie theory. For this I'm reading the book "Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles" by Bohren and Huffman. The derivation of the formulas is fine, but I'm stuck ...
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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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Scattering matrix independent of energy

In quantum mechanics the scattering matrix is often used, to connect the states on the left and right side over some region in the middle. In the trivial case, that the Hamiltonian in the middle is ...
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Showing the transmission coefficient is valid

In a semiconductor device, electrons accelerated through a potential difference of 7V attempts to tunnel through a barrier of width 0.5nm and height 10V. Assume the potential is zero outside the ...
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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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Lippmann-Schwinger equation and time dependence

Consider the Lippmann-Schwinger equation (LSE) $$ |\psi\rangle = |\phi\rangle + \hat{G}_0(\epsilon) \hat{V} |\psi\rangle \tag{1}$$ where $\hat{G}_0(\epsilon) = \frac{1}{\epsilon - \hat{H}_0 + ...
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Atomic radii for elements as hard spheres

In neutron scattering, the atoms in a system are considered as hard spheres. Where could I find the appropriate (reliable) values of the atomic radii consistent with this physical picture? Thank you ...
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Why isn't every magnetic neutron scattering peak a nuclear scattering peak as well?

Neutron diffraction is a well-established technique for determining the magnetic unit cell of magnetic materials. The idea is that nuclear scattering gives you peaks that correspond to the crystal ...
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Why do shiny surfaces reflect more light than other surfaces?

I'm an A-level student and I love learning new things in physics. A new concept that I learnt says that the reflection is due to the scattering of light by electrons in the material. I've got my ...
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Reflectionless potentials in quantum mechanics

Scattering on potential $$V(x) = -\frac{(\hbar a)^2}{m}\text{sech}^2(ax)$$ with 1D equation of Schrodinger is famous problem. It is dealt with in Problem 2.48 of Griffiths book or online here. It is ...
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Difference between scattering and refraction?

I while back I learnt that when light is incident on a dipole the dipole will scatter the light, and when it is incident on a material of a different refractive index then the light refracts. From the ...
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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 do vortices scatter at right-angles

I have been taking a course on non-perturbative physics and currently the teacher is away so I cannot ask him. In the lectures, he made the claim that a pair of vortices in the abelian-Higgs model ...
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Conditions to determine the Green's function for scattering phenomena

Consider the elastic scattering of particles by a potential $V$ in Quantum Mechanics. In the zone of influence of the potential the Hamiltonian may be written as $$H = H_0 + V,$$ being $H_0$ the ...
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I find there are two methods to calculate the amplitude in QFT. Is it equivalent? [duplicate]

I find there are two methods to calculate the amplitude in QFT. First method: Use LSZ reduction formula $$\langle p_1\cdots p_m;out|k_1\cdots k_n;in\rangle=\big(\frac{i}{\sqrt{Z}}\big)^{n+m}\int ...
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Light scattering - creating an atmosphere that a laser will be visible in

I need to show the beams of red, green, yellow and violet lasers 100mW Red + 40mW Green for a demonstration in a darkened room that holds 150 people. The room has sensitive fire alarms that use ...
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Interactions and scattering length in Feshbach resonances

In the context of cold atoms, one can make use of the Feshbach resonance mechanism to alter the sign and value of the two-particle scattering length by applying and varying an external magnetic field. ...
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Question about Quantum Scattering and the Born Approximation in Griffiths Intro to QM

I am trying to follow Griffiths Intro to Quantum Mechanics 2nd edition, chapter 11 Section 4 on the Born approximation of scattering. My question is what exactly are the definitions of $\vec{r}$ and ...
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Light scattering and absorption in material

I would like to get your inputs on a way for measuring light characteristics (scattering + absorption) in a specific tissue. My aim is to compare characteristics at different wavelength vis and nir. I ...
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Normalization of states of continuos spectra with complicated boundary conditions

Let's consider the following Schrödinger equation: $$\psi''(x)+k^2\psi(x)=0$$ with the following boundary condition $$\psi(0)+a\psi'(0)=0$$ $k$ is supposed to be larger that $0$. This equation is ...
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Scattering in Higher Dimensions

In 2 dimensional scattering, if the scattering situation is reflexive about the beam axis then we can relate the differential cross section to the impact parameter via ...
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Why can I see a beam of light coming in through the window sometimes, but not all the time?

Does it have to do with moisture in the air? Does it have to do with the window itself? Could the light reflect/refract off of the air? If there were no moisture or smoke or dust, just air, would I ...
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Incoherent Intermediate Scattering Function from Molecular Dynamics Simulations

I want to calculate the incoherent intermediate scattering function (ISF) using the self-part of the van Hove function. When I plot the ISF as a function of time, should I consider the modulus of the ...
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Coherent intermediate scattering function from simulations

I want to calculate the coherent intermediate scattering function, $S_{\text{coh}} (\mathbf{Q},t)$, from a molecular dynamics trajectory, based on its definition. The definition of the function is: ...
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What is the physical interpretation of imaginary terms in the neutron optical potential model?

I'm doing a computational project on neutron scattering and I've found that if you simulate (n,n) collisions on Uranium 238, the program predicts resonances not found in experimental data. The ...
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The basic probabilistic relation of collision theory

In "Classical Mechanics", John R. Taylor gives this basic relation of collision theory $$N_{sc}=N_{inc}n_{tar}\sigma$$ for firing projectiles into targets. $N_{sc}$ is the number of projectiles ...
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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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Why are scattering matrices unitary?

In Griffith's QM book, he introduces scattering matrices as an end-of-the-chapter Problem 2.52. For a Dirac-Delta potential $V(x) = \alpha \delta (x - x_0)$, I've derived the scattering matrix and ...
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Continuity of Logarithmic derivative in Scattering theory

I am having problem in understanding why do we consider the continuity of the Logarithmic derivative of the wave function at the boundary of the Scattering Potential ? I understand that physical ...
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Why is the reflection coefficient in quantum mechanical scattering defined this way?

In Griffiths' "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, second edition" section 2.5.2, p. 73, he states: For the delta-function potential, when considering the scattered states (with $E > 0$), we have ...
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mechanism responsible for red sunset

Let's say a plane EM wave passes through an air molecule. To explain scattering classically, you can consider an electron held to the rest of the molecule by a spring that makes a forced oscillation ...
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Equivalence between two different ways of calculating phase shifts in quantum scattering

Quantum scattering problem from a potential of the form $ V={{a} \over {r^2}}, $ regarding the calculation of phase shifts. One standard way to solve the problem is to equate in the limit where r ...
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Rayleigh equation as explanation for sky being blue

I've been reading up on the internet as to why the sky is blue. The answer usually cites Rayleigh scattering that I've checked on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayleigh_scattering: $$ ...
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Derivation of exponential charge distribution and form factor from the normalized yukawa charge distribution and form factor

For a problem solving class I need to derive the normalized exponential charge distribution $\rho_e \propto e^{-\mu r}$ and corresponding form factor $F_e$, from the normalized Yukawa distribution ...
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How to tell when exponentials are real valued? (Barrier Potential)

Where $k_1=\frac{\sqrt{2mE}}{\hbar}$ and $\alpha=\frac{\sqrt{2m(V_0-E)}}{\hbar}$ I'm quite confused as to why the exponentials in regions I and III are complex functions while in region II the ...