Answer to Question #3099 in Quantum Mechanics for Nabeel

Question #3099
Hey, I just want to know that Is kinetic energy conserved in Compton effect? I know that TOTAL ENERGY and MOMENTUM is conserved. Thanks
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Expert's answer
2011-06-09T10:18:25-0400
Photon doesn't have classical kinetic energy, E=(p2)/2m.
Photon has energy E=pc, it's also kinetic energy in ultrarelativistic case. so the TOTAL energy of the photon is only kinetic.

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