This may be a dumb question but if light is an oscillating E and B field, If i shot an electron into to a laser beam will it get deflected by the lights E and B fields. Or is this like Compton scattering.
The oscilatting fields are what make up a photon. Any transfer of energy would have to occur because the photon gets absorbed or scattered by the electron, not a simple interaction because of one of the fields.
That is energy measured in an orthogonal direction to that of the momentum gained though right?
so basically it is Compton scattering