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B Inverse Compton scattering

  1. May 3, 2017 #1
    Isn't Inverse Compton scattering just the Doppler's effect? A fast moving electron gets slowed down by a photon. This photon then becomes blue shifted, becoming a gamma ray. Kinda makes sense.
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  3. May 3, 2017 #2
    I don't think so. The Doppler effect arises from the frame of the observer relative to the emitter.
  4. May 4, 2017 #3
    In our case the observer is the electron
  5. May 4, 2017 #4


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    No, Doppler effect refers to shifts in frequency/wavelength of radiation from a moving source compared to the radiation in the restframe of the source. No interaction is going on here that's responsible for the shift.

    In inverse Compton scattering you have, as the name says, a scattering process.
  6. May 5, 2017 #5
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