Problem #0020 Quantum Physics Problem #0022 Chapters Chapters


Problem 49.59 (RHK)

We have to find the maximum wavelength shift for a Compton collision between a photon and a free electron.

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The wavelength shift in scattering of a photon from a free electron is given by the Compton scattering equation

where is the angle from the incident photon direction in which the scattered photon wavelength is .

Therefore, the maximum wavelength shift will be when the photon is back scattered. That is The maximum change in wavelength of photon in Compton scattering is