Deep Inelastic Muon Nucleon Scattering: A Probe of Hadronic Structure

  • H. E. Stier
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 5)


Among the different ways of probing the nucleon structure, high energy muon-nucleon scattering plays an important role. As shown in Fig. 1a, the scattered muon interacts with the nucleon via the exchange of a virtual photon with the energy ν and the four momentum transfer squared q2. The emission of the virtual photon from the pointlike muon is exactly calculable in Quantum-electrodynamics. But the interaction of this virtual photon with the nucleon will strongly depend on the structure of the nucleon. If the nucleon consists of partons, the photon may interact with a single parton, especially at high values of q2, as shown in Fig. 1b.


Virtual Photon Beam Momentum Nucleon Structure Muon Beam Cerenkov Counter 
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  • H. E. Stier
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  1. 1.Physics FacultyUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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