Elastic scattering

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Hi,

In electron, neutron or photon diffraction from an atom,what does it mean when we say the waves scatter elastically from the atoms? What is an elastic scattering?

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hi saphyni! :smile:

"elastic" means that energy is conserved, as in an elastic collision …

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elastic_scattering" [Broken] :wink:
 
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