Date of Award

2-2013

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Physics

First Advisor

Rory Miskimen

Second Advisor

Barry Holstein

Third Advisor

David Kawall

Subject Categories

Physics

Abstract

Polarized nuclear Compton scattering on a proton target provides a test of low energy QCD. The beam-target asymmetries of a circularly polarized Bremsstrahlung photon beam on a transversely polarized butanol target (&Sigma2x) and on a longitudinally polarized butanol target (&Sigma2z), and the beam asymmetry of a linearly polarized Bremsstrahlung beam on an unpolarized hydrogen target (&Sigma3) are sensitive to the proton spin polarizabilities, third order terms in the energy expansion of the Compton scattering amplitude. This experiment consisted of the &Sigma2x measurement, both just below and above two-pion threshold.

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