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inelastic collision

inelastic scattering of neutron

Inelastic scattering of a neutron. Credit: European Nuclear Society.


An inelastic collision, 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.