inelastic scattering


Definition of inelastic scattering

: a scattering of particles as the result of inelastic collision in which the total kinetic energy of the colliding particles changes

Examples of inelastic scattering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These deep inelastic scattering experiments showed, experimentally, that there were indeed individual structures inside the proton, and that individual fundamental particles (like electrons) would scatter off of them in different ways. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 Then the accelerator was used to perform what is called deep inelastic scattering, in which electrons bombard protons and neutrons. Dylan Loeb Mcclain, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of inelastic scattering

1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Inelastic scattering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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