• Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier
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We now consider the Compton process in a medium and see how we can describe statistically the modification of a photon distribution as the photons interact with an electron gas. Imagine for example some source of photons at the centre of a hot medium. We want to understand the observed photon spectrum, i.e. the photon energy distribution that emerges from the hot medium.


Optical Depth Cosmic Microwave Background Photon Distribution Seed Photon Compton Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thierry J.-L. Courvoisier
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  1. 1.ISDC, Data Centre for Astrophysics University of GenevaVersoixSwitzerland

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