December 7, 2013
Back in 1920s, when the corpuscular nature of photon demonstrated by the photoelectric effect was still being debated, the Compton Effect confirmed the particle like behavior of the photon. Figuring it all out is what made Compton Effect famous. Compton Effect occurs when an x ray photon encounters a free or loosely bound electron that is initially at rest. The electron gains energy and the scattered photon have a wavelength longer than that of the incoming photon.
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