what is compton effect?

Asked by anamika09 | 22nd Feb, 2012, 11:23: AM

Expert Answer:

Compton scattering occurs when the incident x-ray photon is deflected from its original path by an interaction with an electron.  The electron is ejected from its orbital position and the x-ray photon loses energy because of the interaction but continues to travel through the material along an altered path.  Energy and momentum are conserved in this process.  The energy shift depends on the angle of scattering and not on the nature of the scattering medium.  Since the scattered x-ray photon has less energy, it has a longer wavelength and less penetrating than the incident photon.

Answered by  | 22nd Feb, 2012, 11:55: AM

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