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Impact parameters

  1. Feb 12, 2007 #1
    can anyone tell me what the impact parameter represents in a simple scattering of particles?
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  3. Feb 12, 2007 #2
    whether you hit the particle dead center, or some distance from dead center (as to glance, or miss even).
  4. Feb 13, 2007 #3

    Meir Achuz

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    The impact parameter is the distance of closest approach to the scattering center you would have if there were no scattering.
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