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Roy Glauber and Asymptotic Diffraction Theory

by Per Osland

Submission summary

As Contributors: Per Osland
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Date accepted: 2020-01-27
Date submitted: 2019-10-17
Submitted by: Osland, Per
Submitted to: SciPost Physics Proceedings
Proceedings issue: 24th European Few Body Conference (University of Surrey, U.K.)
Discipline: Physics
Subject area: Quantum Physics
Approach: Theoretical


This is a review of Glauber's asymptotic diffraction theory, in which diffractive scattering is described in terms of interference between semiclassical amplitudes, resulting from a stationary-phase approximation. Typically two such amplitudes are sufficient to accurately describe elastic scattering, but the stationary points are located at complex values of the impact parameter. Their separation controls the interference pattern, and their offsets from the real axis determine the overall fall-off with momentum transfer. Asymptotically, at large momentum transfers, the stationary points move towards singularities of the profile function. I also include some reminiscences from our collaboration.

Published as SciPost Phys. Proc. 3, 016 (2020)

Author comments upon resubmission

Thanks for constructive comments.

List of changes

Minor rewordings in a few places. One reference (link) added.

Submission & Refereeing History

Resubmission 1910.01408v2 on 17 October 2019
Submission 1910.01408v1 on 4 October 2019

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