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Question about scattering and emission

  1. Jun 8, 2009 #1


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    Suppose I have a two-level atom trapped in a certain area, initially in ground state. I have a light shining on it, the atom jump from ground state to the excited state and emission a photon spontaneously. Can I say this is a scattering process?
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  3. Jun 8, 2009 #2


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    Yes. In the case of re-emission of the same frequency it's Rayleigh (elastic) scattering and if it's a different one (inelelastic) then it's Raman scattering.
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