Electron-Nucleon Scattering



This chapter begins with an introduction to the notion of form factors and structure functions which play a central role in all electromagnetic and weak processes involving hadrons. As functions of the Lorentz-invariant momentum transfer q 2, form factors parameterize the interactive effects of the constituents of the hadrons. First, we give an intuitive physical interpretation of the electromagnetic form factor as the charge distribution of the hadron and associate its slope with the hadron size. Next, we look at the form factors of the weak interaction. Their normalization and dependence on q 2 are also discussed. A brief survey is made of their analytic property through dispersion relations and pole dominance. The nucleon form factors can be measured by elastic lepton-nucleon scattering, and the physical meaning of each term in the Rosenbluth formula for the cross-section is explained in detail.


Form Factor Deep Inelastic Scattering Anomalous Magnetic Moment Electromagnetic Form Factor Pion Form Factor 
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Suggestions for Further Reading

General reading, form factors, elastic e-N scattering

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Deep inelastic e—N scattering, Bjorken scaling, parton model

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversité LavalSte-FoyCanada
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Hautes EnergiesUniversités Paris VI et VIIParis Cedex 05France

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