- Show that the plane-wave solutions normalized as
have the desired Lorentz transformation properties.
In particular, include the effect of a Lorentz transformation on the
box volume to show that
is a scalar
is the time component of a vector,
- Prove the following:
- Construct the amplitude for bremsstrahlung in electron-proton
scattering and show that the static limit reduces to
for bremsstrahlung in a Coulomb field.
Show that there is the same correspondence in factors between these
two cases as was found in
for elastic scattering.
- Derive the Bethe-Heitler cross-section for production of an
electron-positron pair by an incident photon in a Coulomb field.
Show that the amplitude for this is related to the bremsstrahlung
amplitude in equation (7.385) by the substitution rule.
- Calculate the cross-section for the absorption of light by a bound
electron in an atom with low atomic number , such that
Assume also that the frequency of the light is such that
Making these simplifying assumptions calculate differential and total
cross-sections for the two limiting cases:
- Construct the differential cross-section for electron-electron
scattering in the lowest order Born approximation in terms of
laboratory energies and scattering angles.
- Show that the scattering matrix (S-matrix) is unitary.
- Derive the Bethe-Heitler cross-section for bremestrahlung of photons
of arbitrary energy.
- Verify that the inverse of the ``momentum space operator'' of
does not exist.
- In the center-of-mass frame for the process
and hence that the differential cross-section is
where is the element of solid angle about ,
- Show that
where is the rest mass of particle .
to be the -channel
process, verify that
where is the center-of-mass scattering angle and
, where and
are, respectively, the momenta of the incident and scattered electrons
in the center-of-mass frame.
Show that the process is physically allowed provided ,
, and .
Note that () corresponds to the forward (backward) scattering
- To show your understanding of QED, develope spinless QED.
- compton scattering of bosons and
- electro-production of pion pairs.
- Rosenbluth's Formula.
The realistic description of the scattering of an electron at a spin-1/2
hardon has to take into account the internal structure and anomalous
magnetic moment of the hardon.
To that end one replaces the transition current in momentum space which
orignates from the Dirac equation with the more general bilinear
- Show that the most general expression for a transition current
that fulfills the condition of Lorentz covariance, hermiticity, and
gauge invariance can be written as
Here is the momentum transfer and
unspecified real functions (``form factors'').
- What is the physical meaning of and ?
This can be deduced by studying the interaction energy with static EM
fields in the nonrelativistic limit.
- Calculate the unpolarized cross-section of electron scattering at a
hardon with vertex function above in the ultrarelativistic limit.
- Mandelstam variables applied to Møller and Bhabha scattering.
- Show that the kinematics of any binary scattering process
can be expressed in terms of the three
Lorentz-invariant Mandelstam variables.
Prove the identity
- Derive the differential cross-section for electron-electron and
electron-positron scattering in terms of the Mandelstam variables.
Do not neglect the electron mass in this calculation.
- Write down explicit results for the Møller and Bhabha cross-sections in
the centre-of-mass system and in the laboratory system.
- Degree of polarization.
Calculate the differential scattering cross-section
for Coulomb scattering of
electrons with longitudinal polarization.
Derive the degree of polarization as a function of the scattering
- Derive the differential and total unpolarized cross-sectiion for pair
- Derive the total unpolarized cross-section for creation of an
electron-positron pair by two colliding photons,
Express the result in terms of the velocity of the produced particles in
the centre-of-mass frame.
Hint: use the result for pair annhilation cross-section.
- Calculate the cross-section of electron-positron pair creation by an
incoming photon in the field of a heavy nucleus with charge .
Hint: the calculation can be considereably simplified by exploting
crossing symmetry which relates pair creation and bremsstrahlung.
- Show that the -matrix is symmetric under charge conjugation.
- We derived the laboratory frame cross-section for scattering of a high
energy electron from an ``ideal'' (structureless) proton.
However, the proton matrix element of the electromagnetic current was
assumed to have the naive form.
In reality one should use the current matrix element
where is the momentum transfer, is the
anomalous magnetic moment of the proton, and are form
factors which account for the finite hadronic size.
- Calculate the high energy laboratory cross-section for
electron-proton scattering using the full current element and show
- Verify that this expression reduces to that given earlier in the limit
This is the Rosenbluth cross-section which has been used in order to
map out nuclear and particle charge distributions via electron
- Suppose in our formalism we replace the vacuum by a Fermi gas with
Fermi momentum .
How is the Feynman propagator modified?
Compute the change in in the low-density limit.
- Show that the rate for an electron in the hydrogen-atom ground state
to radiate and fall into empty negative-energy states (treated in Born
approximation) in the energy interval to is