# Classical Scattering with a Penetrable Square-Well Potential

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A classical projectile particle of mass moving with speed and impact parameter is scattered an angle by a fixed target that interacts with the projectile via the PSW potential, analogously to the classical Rutherford scattering problem. Three types of collisions are possible:

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Contributed by: Pablo Pajuelo and Andrés Santos (September 2011)

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Snapshot 1: hard-sphere case; only events of type B are possible: linear relationship between and characteristic of a hard-sphere collision

Snapshot 2: penetrable-sphere case; only events of types A and B are possible

Snapshot 3: square-well case; only events of types B and C are possible

Snapshot 4: penetrable square-well case; and ; only events of type B are possible

Snapshot 5: penetrable square-well case; but ; only events of types B and C are possible

Snapshot 6: penetrable square-well case; but ; only events of types A and B are possible

Snapshot 7: penetrable square-well case; and ; all three types of events A–C are possible

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