Compton scattering of x-rays from nonspherical charge distributions

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Abstract

The Waller-Hartree theory for the incoherent Compton scattering of x-rays is extended to include the effects fo the inherent nonsphericity of atomic charge distributions. The dependence of the scattering on atomic orientation is treated by a general formalism which depends on the use of the matrix elements of a unitary representation of the group of three-dimensional rotations. Application is made to derive the one-electron scattering matrix elements from atoms with s, p, and d electrons. It is shown that by a proper averaging over all orientations of the scattering vector, "mean" scattering formulas result which may be used directly for predicting the scattering from monatomic gases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-175
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review
Volume113
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1959

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Compton scattering of x-rays from nonspherical charge distributions. / Freeman, Arthur J.

In: Physical Review, Vol. 113, No. 1, 1959, p. 169-175.

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