Home Contents Glossary Search Help

Inelastic scattering  (n, n')
Previous Up Next


  • Inelastic scattering is a process triggered by fast neutrons only.
  • The neutron is first captured by the target nucleus to form a transient compound nucleus.
  • Then a neutron of lower energy is emitted, leaving the target nucleus in an excited state.
  • That is, some or all of the kinetic energy of the neutron has been converted into excitation energy of the atom.

The University of Liverpool
1999, 2000 The University of Liverpool, Department of Physics

EPSRCProject funded by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Materials Teaching Educational ResourcesWebsite developed and maintained by the MATTER Project