Statement of a problem № 10124


(a) An X-ray photon scatters from a free electron at an angle u from its initial direction of motion. As the scattering angle u increases, does the change in wavelength Δ ( of the photon increase, decrease, or remain the same? (b) Choose the best explanation from among the following: I. A larger scattering angle means a larger transfer of momentum and thus a larger change in wavelength of the photon. II. A larger scattering angle means a larger change in frequency and thus a smaller change in wavelength. III. Photons always scatter elastically, so that the energy of the scattered photon does not change and neither does its wavelength?

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