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inelastic collision




inelastic scattering of neutron
Inelastic scattering of a neutron
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Also called inelastic scattering, a collision between bodies in which there is a loss of kinetic energy. In nuclear physics, an inelastic collision is one in which an incoming particle causes excitation or breaking up of the struck nucleus. See also elastic collision.


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