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Homework Help: Compton Scattering Using Mandel-Stam Variables

  1. Mar 6, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Not homework, just for fun. I want to derive Compton Scattering equations using Mandel-Stam variables as opposed to the way that I have done it in class using the usual energy and momentum conservation

    2. Relevant equations

    p is the momentum of incoming photon and pei is of initially stationary electron. p' is final photon and p_e_\mu is final electron.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm going to try to do the right side in the CMS frame and the left side in the lab frame for convencience.

    ...skip a few easy steps using

    Which isn't right. What's wrong here?
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2008
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 7, 2008 #2


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    You have to do both in the lab system because you need the photon energies in the lab system. Your first equation can't be right. You can't use the same E in each system.
    Stanley's name is Mandelstam. He is only one person.
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