Thomson scattering


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Thomson scattering

[′täm·sən ‚skad·ə·riŋ]
(electromagnetism)
Scattering of electromagnetic radiation by free (or very loosely bound) charged particles, computed according to a classical nonrelativistic theory: energy is taken away from the primary radiation as the charged particles accelerated by the transverse electric field of the radiation, radiate in all directions.
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Thomson scattering intervenes between photons having much lower energies compared to the mass energy of the particle [6-8].
The electron temperature and density in the plasma can be accurately measured by detecting the effect of Thomson scattering on a high-intensity laser beam.
As Klaas Vogel, market development manager for Agilent Technologies' Acqiris Operation, described it, "Two features of Thomson scattering make it a particularly attractive measurement technique.