Time-scale of Compton scattering

1. Feb 3, 2013

IxRxPhysicist

Hey all,
Anyone know if there is a δt to Compton scattering or is it an instantaneous event, entertaining classical physics....billiard balls colliding in an elastic collision.

Cheers

2. Feb 4, 2013

Staff: Mentor

That depends on your interpretation. Relating the transferred energy to a time via $\delta t \approx \frac{\hbar}{\delta E}$ might give some interesting results.

3. Feb 4, 2013

IxRxPhysicist

Interesting. Not to go out there too much but that does beg the notion that every event (even instantaneous ones) can be given some infinitesimal duration relative to Planck time.

IxR

4. Feb 4, 2013

Staff: Mentor

We don't know how physics at the planck scale looks like.

5. Feb 4, 2013

IxRxPhysicist

Not challenging that notion.

IxR