I have a few questions about these kinds of graphs
- What is the name of this type of graph?
- What does the width of the peak mean?
- If the points are data points, how was the curve created/predicted?
So my current understanding of these graphs is that it is a chance of being scattered against the input energy into the system. The higher the peak, the more chance of it being scattered, but if there are peaks at an energy (implying a scattering event) why is the rest of the graph non-zero? Are there particles being produced at the minima also?
And finally, is this type of graph the same as the now-famous Higgs Boson graph?
Images taken from CERN.