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A Measurement of Inclusive Quasi-Elastic Electron Scattering Cross Sections at High Momentum Transfer


Potterveld, David Henry (1989) A Measurement of Inclusive Quasi-Elastic Electron Scattering Cross Sections at High Momentum Transfer. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/y2ef-tj92.


We have measured inclusive electron-scattering cross sections for targets of ⁴He, C, Al, Fe, and Au, for kinematics spanning the quasi-elastic peak, with squared, four­ momentum transfers (q²) between 0.23 and 2.89 (GeV/c)². Additional data were measured for Fe with q²'s up to 3.69 (GeV/c)² These cross sections were analyzed for the y-scaling behavior expected from a simple, impulse-approximation model, and are found to approach a scaling limit at the highest q²'s. The q² approach to scaling is compared with a calculation for infinite nuclear matter, and relationships between the scaling function and nucleon momentum distributions are discussed. Deviations from perfect scaling are used to set limits on possible changes in the size of nucleons inside the nucleus.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Physics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • McKeown, Robert D.
Thesis Committee:
  • McKeown, Robert D. (chair)
  • Wise, Mark B.
  • Hitlin, David G.
  • Kavanagh, Ralph William
Defense Date:6 July 1988
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:06042013-092346016
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ID Code:7831
Deposited By: Dan Anguka
Deposited On:04 Jun 2013 16:50
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