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The Scattering Matrix and the Scattering Cross-Section

  • Otto Nachtmann
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Part of the Texts and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Abstract

In this chapter we will get to know the formalism that is used to describe reactions in high energy physics. These reactions might involve scattering processes or decay and production of particles. The central role here is played by the scattering matrix S, which was introduced by Wheeler and Heisenberg (Wheeler 1937; Heisenberg 1943, 1944). Before presenting a general formulation we will look at a simple example.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Otto Nachtmann
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergFederal Republic of Germany

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