Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy
Theoretical nuclear physics
Positive K-mesons are the most weakly interacting of the strongly interacting particles. There is a still unexplained discrepancy between experiment and theory, however, for their interaction with nuclei. One possible explanation involves meson exchange currents. I am trying to check some of the assumptions that go into the calculation of these contributions by looking at their effects in large-angle scattering from deuterons where they may dominate other contributions to the cross section. I am also trying to see if accurate measurements of the total cross sections for scattering of high-energy nucleons and pions from a range of heavy nuclei can be used to distinguish among different models describing the composite nature of these particles. With certain approximations each of these models corresponds to a prescription for a cross- section distribution function which specifies the probability that the particle is in a configuration which will interact with a nucleon with a given total cross section. Fluctuations between states of different cross sections decrease the total cross sections on heavy nuclei by an amount depending on the model used.
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Revised September 28, 1995