19-22 October 2011
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA
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N -> Delta Asymmetry at Low Q^2

20 Oct 2011, 08:54
Crystal Ballroom C (Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA)

Crystal Ballroom C

Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA

Contributed BC. Nuclear Physics I


John Leacock (Virginia Tech)


The Qweak collaboration at Jefferson Lab is determining the weak charge of the proton. This is done by measuring the parity-violating asymmetry of polarized electrons scattered elastically from the proton at a low Q^2 of 0.026 (GeV/c)^2. The measured asymmetry is partially diluted by polarized electrons inelastically scattered off the proton. Some Qweak experiment running time was used to measure the asymmetry in the inelastic region, which is dominated by the N -> Delta transition. In addition to constraining backgrounds for Qweak the N -> Delta asymmetry measurement is sensitive to a weakly constrained and theoretically uncertain low energy constant d_Delta. The term involving d_Delta (the "Siegert" term) is non-vanishing in the limit Q^2 -> 0, thus it can dominate the asymmetry at low Q^2. This hadronic electroweak radiative correction is driven by the same matrix element responsible for the large SU(3) breaking effects observed in hyperon decays. An update on the analysis will be presented.

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