algebraic scattering theory

algebraic scattering theory

[¦al·jə¦brā·ik ′skad·ə·riŋ ‚the·ə·rē]
(physics)
An approach to the analysis of reactions between composite particles in which the fundamental role is played by the scattering matrix, which is obtained algebraically, without the use of a wave equation, by using the concept of dynamic symmetry.