I'm looking for a conceptual, intuitive understanding of the differential cross section (classical scattering). Its origin, its use, the general process for derivation (conceptually, rather than the mathematical minutiae). Can anyone provide one?

  • $\begingroup$ there is a good outline in classical mechanics, kibble, amzn.to/1Vd9s24 maybe use the look inside the book feature (for free:), I recommend this because I think otherwise your question may be deemed too broad for here. $\endgroup$ – user81619 Sep 25 '15 at 11:23
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the link, but the preview doesn't include it, and I don't have access to the book. I have looked through Lifshitz and Goldstein, but their stuff wasn't entirely satisfying. The question has been asked here before and not closed down, but there wasn't an answer - just the OP reporting that he/she had figured it out. $\endgroup$ – DeltaG Sep 25 '15 at 22:17
  • $\begingroup$ Your link already have a section about differential cross section. So what more do you want exactly ? $\endgroup$ – Fabrice NEYRET Oct 30 '15 at 18:31

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