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Photoproduction of Neutral Pions from Hydrogen at Forward Angles from 240 to 480 Mev


McDonald, William Scott (1957) Photoproduction of Neutral Pions from Hydrogen at Forward Angles from 240 to 480 Mev. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/XX41-7D63.


NOTE: Text or symbols not renderable in plain ASCII are indicated by [...]. Abstract is included in .pdf document. Recoil protons from the process [...] have been detected by nuclear emulsions placed within a hydrogen gas target and used to measure the differential cross section for production of neutral pions. In this manner protons of energies as low as 5 Mev can be detected at laboratory angles corresponding to emission of a pion at center-of-momentum (C.M.) angles as low as 26[degrees]. This experiment thus supplements that of Oakley and Walker which is in the same range of photon energies (240-480 Mev), but is restricted to pion C.M. angles greater than about 70[degrees] due to higher minimum detectable proton energy. Common experimental points provide intercomparison of absolute values. Angular distributions are analyzed in the form [...] in the C.M. system. The combined Oakley-Walker and present data give the average value of the ratio [...] in the energy range from 260 to 450 Mev. The coefficient B, which gives the front-back asymmetry, passes through zero below the resonance energy of 320 Mev and is positive at higher energies. The theory of Chew and Low shows that the experimental angular distribution coefficients may be described rather well by magnetic dipole absorption leading to a state of angular momentum and isotopic spin 3/2 together with a small amount of S wave interference.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Physics and Mathematics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Minor Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Peterson, Vincent Zetterberg
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1957
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-07142004-161139
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ID Code:2884
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Deposited On:16 Jul 2004
Last Modified:11 Oct 2023 23:11

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