Two—Particle Collisions

  • Ervin B. PodgoršakEmail author
Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)


This chapter deals with collisions between two particles characterized by an energetic projectile striking a stationary target. Three categories of projectiles of interest in medical physics are considered: light charged particles such as electrons and positrons, heavy charged particles such as protons and α particles, and neutral particles such as neutrons. The targets are either atoms as a whole, atomic nuclei, or atomic orbital electrons. The collisions are classified into three categories: (1) Nuclear reactions, (2) Elastic collisions, and (3) Inelastic collisions.


Atomic Nucleus Nuclear Reaction Inelastic Collision Elastic Collision Incident Particle 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical PhysicsCentre universitaire de santé McGill, McGill University Health CentreMontréalCanada

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