The interaction-region model of quantal scattering processes

John V. Corbett*

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A different formulation of the non-relativistic quantum theory of scattering is presented. The interactions which govern the scattering are described by the modifications of the incident wave function on a spherical surface surrounding the region in which the interaction occurs. The model is shown to give unequivocal solutions to the scattering problem when either Dirichlet or Neumann boundary values are prescribed for the modified wave function. The model is applied to a problem in nuclear physics and is also used to discuss the uniqueness of single-particle, phenomenological potentials of arbitrary symmetry when the potential is fitted to the complete angular distribution at a single energy. The modifications of this model which are necessary for the inclusion of particles with spin and charged particles are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-430
Number of pages30
JournalNuclear Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1966
Externally publishedYes


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