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

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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, "Richard E. Taylor, Nobel Winner Who Plumbed Matter, Is Dead at 88," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of inelastic scattering

1938, in the meaning defined above

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