Polarization Degrees of Freedom in Electron Scattering from Nuclei

  • T. W. Donnelly
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 142)


Various aspects of polarization degrees of freedom in electron scattering are discussed in these lectures, including what happens when incident or scattered electrons are polarized and what happens when the target nucleus is polarized or when some part of the final-state polarization is measured (for instance, the polarization of the recoilling nucleus or of some emitted particle). In addition, even when the polarizations of the external particles are not themselves determined directly, there are important polarization degrees of freedom to consider such as those for the exchanged virtual photon or those implied by angular distributions in coincidence reactions. All of these aspects are touched upon here.


Form Factor Response Function Electron Scattering Nuclear Polarization Inelastic Electron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. W. Donnelly
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Theoretical Physics Laboratory for Nuclear Science and Department of PhysicsMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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