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inelastic scattering

noun, Physics.
a scattering of particles due to an inelastic collision that also changes their wavelengths and phases. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • inelastic scattering occurs when there is a transfer of both momentum and energy.
  • Image contrast is formed by elastic and inelastic scattering of the electrons within the specimen.
  • For many years, researchers have conducted inelastic scattering experiments on large samples at room temperature.

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