Measurement of Tensor Polarization in Elastic Electron-Deuteron Scattering at Large Momentum Transfer

Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 5053 – Published 29 May 2000
D. Abbott et al. (The Jefferson Lab t20 Collaboration)


Tensor polarization observables ( t20, t21, and t22) have been measured in elastic electron-deuteron scattering for six values of momentum transfer between 0.66 and 1.7 (GeV/c)2. The experiment was performed at the Jefferson Laboratory in Hall C using the electron High Momentum Spectrometer, a specially designed deuteron magnetic channel and the recoil deuteron polarimeter POLDER. The new data determine to much larger Q2 the deuteron charge form factors GC and GQ. They are in good agreement with relativistic calculations and disagree with perturbative QCD predictions.


  • Received 24 January 2000
  • Published in the issue dated 29 May 2000

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