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Particle Scattering

Common Concepts

  1. Robert Bastasz1,
  2. Wolfgang Eckstein2

Published Online: 18 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471266965.com006.pub2

Characterization of Materials

Characterization of Materials

How to Cite

Bastasz, R. and Eckstein, W. 2012. Particle Scattering. Characterization of Materials. 1–16.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Missoula, MT, USA

  2. 2

    Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAY 2012


Atomic scattering lies at the heart of numerous materials analysis techniques, especially those that employ ion beams as probes. The concepts of particle scattering apply quite generally to objects ranging in size from nucleons to billiard balls, at classical as well as relativistic energies, and for both elastic and inelastic events. This paper summarizes two main topics in collision theory: kinematics, which governs energy and momentum transfer, and central-field theory, which accounts for the strength of particle interactions.


  • kinematics;
  • scattering;
  • recoiling;
  • central-field theory;
  • collisions