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Eta meson photoproduction in the region of the third nucleon resonance


Prescott, Charles Young (1966) Eta meson photoproduction in the region of the third nucleon resonance. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


The differential cross section for the photoproduction reaction

γ + p → η° + p

has been measured in the energy region about the N*** (1688, 5/2 +) and at an angle θ*η=45°. The eta was detected through its two photon decay mode

η° → γ + γ

Two thin foil spark chambers and an aluminum plate range chamber are used to measure the lab angle and energy of the outgoing proton and two shower counters measure the energies of the decay photons and the lab angle of the η°. Overdetermined kinematical parameters allow the mass of the two photon object to be measured. A striking peak centered at 549.9 ± 1.5 Mev on top of a small, broad background indicates a clean selection of eta mesons. Comparison of the measured ratio

N*** → η°p ⁄ N*** → π°p

provides an experimental measure for the ratio

GηNN*** ⁄ GπNN***

to be compared with predictions of unbroken unitary symmetry. This ratio confirms that the N*** (1688) belongs to a J = 5⁄2 + baryon octet, and gives experimental limits for the F⁄D coupling ratio for (PS B B*) couplings.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Eta meson ; nucleon resonance ; physics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Walker, Robert Lee
Thesis Committee:
  • Tollestrup, Alvin V.
  • Walker, Robert Lee
Defense Date:1 January 1966
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Atomic Energy CommissionUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-05052005-161358
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ID Code:1623
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Deposited On:05 May 2005
Last Modified:22 Apr 2016 17:11

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