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Neutrino Opacity I. Neutrino-Lepton Scattering

Bahcall, John N. (1964) Neutrino Opacity I. Neutrino-Lepton Scattering. Physical Review, 136 (4B). B1164-B1171. ISSN 0031-899X.

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The contribution of neutrino-lepton scattering to the total neutrino opacity of matter is investigated; it is found that, contrary to previous beliefs, neutrino scattering dominates the neutrino opacity for many astrophysically important conditions. The rates for neutrino-electron scattering and antineutrino-electron scattering are given for a variety of conditions, including both degenerate and nondegenerate gases; the rates for some related reactions are also presented. Formulas are given for the mean scattering angle and the mean energy loss in neutrino and antineutrino scattering. Applications are made to the following problems: (a) the detection of solar neutrinos; (b) the escape of neutrinos from stars; (c) neutrino scattering in cosmology; and (d) energy deposition in supernova explosions.

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Additional Information:© 1964 The American Physical Society. Received 24 June 1964; published in the issue dated November 1964. Work supported in part by the U. S. Office of Naval Research and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I am grateful to Professor S. C. Frautschi for many valuable discussions, to Dr. W. G. Wagner for helpful advice on technical problems, and to Dr. S. A. Colgate and Professor F. Reines for stimulating discussions of their work prior to publication.
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Official Citation:Bahcall, J. N. (1964). "Neutrino Opacity I. Neutrino-Lepton Scattering." Physical Review 136(4B): B1164-B1171.
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