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elastic collision,  an ideal elastic collision is the one during which there is no loss of kinetic energy and momentum is conserved; with an exception of special cases of scattering, collisions between species in solids are never perfectly elastic (see inelastic collisions.
scattering  process responsible for electron in a certain state, defined by its crystal momentum, suddenly moving into a different state; result of interactions with host atoms in the lattice, dopant atoms, as well defects; fundamental effect defining electron transport in semiconductor; in a way scattering can be seen as a "collision" during which species do not come to physical contact.
inelastic collision,  an inelastic collision is the one during which there is a loss of kinetic energy (i.e. part of the kinetic energy is converted into some other form of energy)and momentum is not conserved; collisions between species in solids are almost always inelastic.
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