inelastic scattering

noun Physics.
a scattering of particles due to an inelastic collision that also changes their wavelengths and phases.
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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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