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Relation between cross section, scattering angle and KE?

  1. Dec 16, 2015 #1
    I'm trying to figure our the relation between cross section, scattering angle and KE?

    I'm doing a few exercises where I've been given kientic energy and scattering angle and have to calculate the cross section. Cross section is in units of Barns (m2), and KE is 1/2 kg*m2*s-2, but I can't seem to derive an equation. Any help would be much appreciated.
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  3. Dec 16, 2015 #2
    What is the set up? Are you shooting particles at a spherical target?
  4. Dec 16, 2015 #3
    Yes. Shooting alpha particles at a gold atom. It's Rutherford Scattering.
  5. Dec 16, 2015 #4


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    There must be thousands of web pages with formulas for the Rutherford scattering cross section, and derivations of them, if it's not in your textbook:


    Are you having trouble trying to apply some version of those formulas? If so, I suggest you choose one, make an attempt at the solution to one of your exercises, and then post in one of our homework forums for help.
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