Elastic Scattering Off Nucleons

  • Bogdan Povh
  • Klaus Rith
  • Christoph Scholz
  • Frank Zetsche
  • Werner Rodejohann
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


Elastic electron scattering off hydrogen and deuterium yields information about the proton and the neutron. In this case, two form factors, G E and G M , are necessary to characterise both the distributions of electric charge and magnetic moment. Apart from some subtle differences, \(G_{E}^{p}\), \(G_{M}^{p}\) and \(G_{M}^{n}\) depend rather similarly on the momentum transfer. The mean square radii of these distributions are similarly large, while the squared neutron charge radius is small and negative. It was measured by scattering slow neutrons off atomic electrons. The same technique was used for the determination of the charge radii of pions and kaons.


Form Factor Charge Radius Fermi Momentum Elastic Electron Magnetic Form Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bogdan Povh
    • 1
  • Klaus Rith
    • 2
  • Christoph Scholz
    • 3
  • Frank Zetsche
    • 4
  • Werner Rodejohann
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für KernphysikHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department PhysikUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany
  3. 3.SAP AGWalldorfGermany
  4. 4.DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbHLangenGermany

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