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Biomedical Imaging by Sebastian Aeffner, Timo Aspelmeier, Tim Salditt

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Fig. 3.8: Thomson scattering of a plane electromagnetic wave by a free electron located at the coordinate origin. The polarization of the incoming electric field is chosen in z direction. Driven by the electric field, the electron undergoes oscillatory motion, leading to the emission of dipole radiation. At the point r in the plane spanned by k and E0, the observable acceleration of the electron is reduced by a factor cos θ. At r' in the plane perpendicular to the electron’s acceleration (indicated in gray), the full acceleration is observed for all angles θ'.

At first, we have to gather some results from classical electrodynamics (e.g., [12, ...

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