Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering off an unpolarised hydrogen target at HERMES

Burns, Jonathan R.T. (2010) Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering off an unpolarised hydrogen target at HERMES. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering (DVCS) is the simplest interaction that
allows access to Generalised Parton
Distributions (GPDs), a theoretical framework describing nucleon
structure. The strong
interest in GPDs results from the fact that they can be used to determine the total
angular momentum of quarks
inside the nucleon and provide a 3-dimensional picture of nucleon structure. The
measurement of the DVCS
process is facilitated by the interference with a competing interaction known as the Bethe-Heitler process which
has the same final state. DVCS information is obtained from the asymmetrical in distribution of the real photon
around the azimuthal angle $\phi$ at HERMES.
Beam charge and beam helicity asymmetries, extracted from DVCS events with an unpolarised hydrogen target
recorded during the 2006-2007 and 1996-2007 data taking periods, are presented in this thesis.
The asymmetry amplitudes
are presented over the range of HERMES kinematic acceptance, with their dependence on
kinematic variables
t, xB and Q^2 also shown and compared to a phenomenological model.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering, HERMES, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Nucleon Structure,
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Supervisor's Name: Seitz, Dr. Bjoern
Date of Award: 2010
Depositing User: Dr Jonathan RT Burns
Unique ID: glathesis:2010-2057
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2010
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:50

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