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Mass of scattering particle vs total cross section.

  1. Jun 13, 2010 #1
    From the following link we learn that the Klein-Nishina Formula for Photon-Electron Scattering gives the total cross section proportional to, 1/mass^2.

    http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/KleinNishinaFormulaForPhotonElectronScattering/ [Broken]

    Using this fact can I infer that when a short pulse of high energy photons (E > mass electron) interacts with a plasma, that there will be a temporary polarization of the plasma?

    How does the mass of particles scattered by a high energy neutrino effect the total cross section? Is there a similar 1/mass^2 factor in the total cross section?

    Thanks for any help!
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
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