Chapter 7. Compton Scattering

  1. George B. Rybicki and
  2. Alan P. Lightman

Published Online: 29 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch7

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics

How to Cite

Rybicki, G. B. and Lightman, A. P. (1985) Compton Scattering, in Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527618170.ch7

Author Information

  1. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 DEC 2007
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 1985

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471827597

Online ISBN: 9783527618170



  • photon energies;
  • Thomson scattering;
  • electromagnetic wave;
  • quantum effects;
  • electron momentum


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Cross Section and Energy Transfer for the Fundamental Process

  • Inverse Compton Power for Single Scattering

  • Inverse Compton Spectra for Single Scattering

  • Energy Transfer for Repeated Scatterings in a Finite, Thermal Medium: The Compton Y Parameter

  • Inverse Compton Spectra and Power for Repeated Scatterings by Relativistic Electrons of Small Optical Depth

  • Repeated Scatterings by Nonrelativistic Electrons: The Kompaneets Equation

  • Spectral Regimes for Repeated Scattering by Nonrelativistic Electrons