This is an assignment I'm doing that is due next month but I would like to make an early start because I find most of the materials in this assignment unfamiliar.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The whole questions is composed of 5 parts, most of them I have a rough idea of but there are some bits and pieces I don't really know about since its been a year since my last quantum mechanics paper and 2 years since I last had a lecture in relativistic effects.

The problem is to do with two 5mW laser beams points at each other as shown in the attached picture as the red and green arrows, representing laser beams of 650nm and 532nm respectively. The orange bits are where the photons interact.

So the first part of the problem.

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Calculate the velocity (magnitude and direction) of the CM (I assume centre of mass) System.

2. Relevant equations

[tex]E=h\nu[/tex]

and

[tex]m=\frac{E}{c^2}[/tex]

for relativistic mass

3. The attempt at a solution

I think to work out the direction I can just treat the photon like two point particals in classical mechanics, which will be similar to the black arrow I have drawn but leaning towards the particle with more relativistic mass.

The magnitude is something I'm not sure about. In classical mechanics, knowing the directions means I can just use geometry to work out the magnitude, but in this case I believe I need to take relativistic effects into account since photons travel at the speed of light.

I looked at this: http://www.numericana.com/answer/relativity.htm#photons

but I'm not sure if that is relavent.

I have also looked at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass–energy_equivalence#Massless_particles

That doesn't seem to tell me anyway about the velocity of the CoM though,

unless, the CoM also move at the speed of light?

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# Homework Help: Photon-Photon scattering

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