Analysing collisions using Minkowski diagrams in momentum space

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Momentum space and Minkowski diagrams are powerful tools for interpreting and analysing relativistic collisions in one or two spatial dimensions. All relevant quantities that characterize a collision, including the mass, velocity, momentum and energy of the interacting particles, both before and after collision, can be directly seen from a single Minkowski diagram. Such diagrams can also be useful for analysing the differences between Newtonian and relativistic mechanics. As an interesting example, a simple derivation of the Compton wavelength shift formula, based on the geometrical properties of such momentum space diagrams, is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-782
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

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In: European Journal of Physics, Vol. 32, No. 3, 05.2011, p. 773-782.

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