Scattering, Two-Volume Set

Scattering and inverse scattering in Pure and Applied Science

Edited by

  • E. Pike, King's College, London, U.K.
  • Pierre Sabatier, Universite montpellier II, France

Scattering is the collision of two objects that results in a change of trajectory and energy. For example, in particle physics, such as electrons, photons, or neutrons are "scattered off" of a target specimen, resulting in a different energy and direction. In the field of electromagnetism, scattering is the random diffusion of electromagnetic radiation from air masses is an aid in the long-range sending of radio signals over geographic obstacles such as mountains. This type of scattering, applied to the field of acoustics, is the spreading of sound in many directions due to irregularities in the transmission medium.

Volume I of Scattering will be devoted to basic theoretical ideas, approximation methods, numerical techniques and mathematical modeling. Volume II will be concerned with basic experimental techniques, technological practices, and comparisons with relevant theoretical work including seismology, medical applications, meteorological phenomena and astronomy. This reference will be used by researchers and graduate students in physics, applied physics, biophysics, chemical physics, medical physics, acoustics, geosciences, optics, mathematics, and engineering.This is the first encyclopedic-range work on the topic of scattering theory in quantum mechanics, elastodynamics, acoustics, and electromagnetics. It serves as a comprehensive interdisciplinary presentation of scattering and inverse scattering theory and applications in a wide range of scientific fields, with an emphasis, and details, up-to-date developments. Scattering also places an emphasis on the problems that are still in active current research.

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Research workers; practitioners in academic, government, and industrial institutions; graduate studens in physics, chemistry, and engineering.


Book information

  • Published: October 2001
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-613760-6

Table of Contents

Part 1: SCATTERING OF WAVES BY MACROSCOPIC TARGETInterdisciplinary aspects of wave scatteringAcoustic scatteringAcoustic scattering: approximate methodsElectromagnetic wave scattering: theoryElectromagnetic wave scattering: approximate and numerical methodsElectromagnetic wave scattering: applicationsElastodynamic wave scattering: theoryElastodynamic wave scattering: ApplicationsScattering in OceansPart 2: SCATTERING IN MICROSCOPIC PHYSICS AND CHEMICAL PHYSICSIntroduction to direct potential scatteringIntroduction to Inverse Potential ScatteringVisible and Near-visible Light ScatteringPractical Aspects of Visible and Near-visible Light ScatteringNonlinear Light ScatteringAtomic and Molecular Scattering: Introduction to Scattering in ChemicalX-ray ScatteringNeutron ScatteringElectron Diffraction and ScatteringPart 3: SCATTERING IN NUCLEAR PHYSICSNuclear PhysicsPart 4: PARTICLE SCATTERINGState of the Art of Peturbative MethodsScattering Through Electro-weak Interactions (the Fermi Scale)Scattering Through Strong Interactions (the Hadronic or QCD Scale)Part 5: SCATTERING AT EXTREME PHYSICAL SCALESScattering at Extreme Physical ScalesPart 6: SCATTERING IN MATHEMATICS AND NON-PHYSICAL SCIENCESRelations with Other Mathematical TheoriesInverse Scattering Transform and Non-linear Partial Differenttial EquationsScattering of Mathematical Objects