Thermodynamics, Wave-theory, and the Compton effect

Raman , C. V. (1927) Thermodynamics, Wave-theory, and the Compton effect Nature, 120 . pp. 950-951. ISSN 0028-0836

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As is well known, there is an addition to the X-ray scattering of degraded frequency, an unmodified secondary radiation the existence of which has been explained by Prof. Compton as due to the whole group of electrons in the atom scattering conjointly. To this view, the objection might be raised that if one electron acting alone can scatter a quantum, and also all the Z electrons in the atom acting together, then why do we not observe scattering by two, three, or more electrons acting together at a time, with their corresponding fractional Compton shifts in wavelength?

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