Studying the effect of Polarisation in Compton scattering in the undergraduate laboratory

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Colleges, School and Institutes


An experiment for the advanced undergraduate laboratory allowing students to directly observe the effect of photon polarisation on Compton scattering is described. An initially unpolarised beam of photons is polarised via Compton scattering and analysed through a subsequent scattering. The experiment is designed to use equipment typically available at an undergraduate physics laboratory. The experimental results are compared with a Geant4 simulation and geometry effects are discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Article number025203
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Feb 2018