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I Meaning of inelastic scattering length

  1. Jul 12, 2016 #1
    what is the physical meaning of the scattering length? I know this question was discussed here before but I still have questions. This quantity is listed in table 1 of this paper: http://rpd.oxfordjournals.org/content/132/1/29.full.pdf. I need to clarify a few things:
    1. does scattering length has anything to do with mean free path?
    2. is it intrinsic or extrinsic quantity? Meaning does it depend on the amount of target material or only on its type and the type of a beam particle and it's kinetic energy?
    3. what can scattering length tell about shielding characteristic of a given material from certain radiation?
    Any response will be greatly appreciated. Thank you,
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  3. Jul 18, 2016 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
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