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TUNL Seminar: Neutron Structure Studies at Medium and Low Energies Using Polarization Degrees of Freedom

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Gordon Cates (University of Virginia)
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TUNL Seminar

"Neutron structure studies at medium and low energies using polarization degrees of freedom" - The use of polarization degrees of freedom have played a key role in better understanding the structure of the nucleon. Examples include spin-structure studies using polarized deep inelastic scattering as well as double-polarization techniques for studying the elastic nucleon form factors. At lower energies, important quantities for characterizing the nucleon include the spin-independent and spin-dependent polarizabilities. At present, there is a dearth of data on the forward spin-polarizabilities. My talk will focus on features of nucleon structure that have been made possible through the use of large high-pressure polarized He-3 targets. Among the subjects I will discuss is the extraction of flavor-separated nucleon form factors corresponding to elastic scattering at high momentum transfer. Distinctly different behavior is evident for the u- and d-quark contributions to the form factors, a phenomenon that some have interpreted as evidence for the importance of diquark correlations. I will also discuss the prospects of developing a scintillating polarized He-3 target for use at HIGS. Such a target would be a major step toward measuring the nucleon spin-polarizabilities, as well as being useful in a variety of other experiments, including measurements related to the GDH sum rule.

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