Scattering of Photons by Atomic Systems

  • K. T. Hecht
Part of the Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (GTCP)


We shall next use our interaction between the atomic system and the radiation field to study the scattering of photons from atoms or molecules. We shall study both elastic scattering processes and inelastic scattering processes. In the low frequency limit, the elastic scattering is known as Rayleigh scattering; at high frequency, it is known as Thomson scattering. The inelasic scattering process goes by the name of Raman scattering.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. T. Hecht
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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