cloudy-crystal-ball model

cloudy-crystal-ball model

[′klau̇d·ē ¦kris·təl ¦bȯl ‚mäd·əl]
(nuclear physics)
An optical analogy used in explaining scattering of nucleons by nuclei, in which the nucleus is thought of as a sphere of nuclear matter which partially refracts and partially absorbs the incident nucleon (de Broglie) wave. Also known as optical model.