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Compton effect




Compton effect
The increase in wavelength and change in direction of an X-ray or gamma ray photon when it collides with a charged particle, usually an electron. It is also known as Compton scattering and named after the American physicist Arthur Holly Compton. The opposite effect, in which a photon gains energy (and therefore decreases in wavelength) from a fast-moving electron, is known as the inverse Compton effect.


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