Elastic electron-deuteron scattering as a probe of the deuteron wave function

Phys. Rev. C 11, 1836 – Published 1 May 1975
F. Coester and A. Ostebee


Relativistic corrections to the electric deuteron form factors are rederived within the framework of particle quantum mechanics. In addition to the kinematic corrections there are necessarily dynamic corrections that are substantially larger. For local potentials the results are identical to those derived by Gross from field theory. The reasons for the agreement of two apparently very different theories are examined in detail. The quantitative aspect of these results are illustrated by several numerical examples. A precise measurement of the polarization cross section for q2<13 fm-2 could serve to significantly restrict the shape of admissible deuteron wave functions.

NUCLEAR STRUCTURE Calculation H2 electric form factors, dependence on N-N potential, relativistic effects important.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevC.11.1836

  • Received 10 February 1975
  • Published in the issue dated May 1975

© 1975 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

F. Coester and A. Ostebee*

  • Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439

  • *Present address: Department of Physics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York 11794.

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