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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Polyzou, Wayne N

First Committee Member

Payne, Gerald L

Second Committee Member

Klink, William H

Third Committee Member

Coester, Fritz

Fourth Committee Member

Bayouth, John E


Electron-deuteron scattering is an ideal tool for studying nuclear structure and nuclear forces. The elastic deuteron current matrix elements have been calculated using a Poincaré invariant quantum model with a light-front kinematic symmetry. The impulse approximation violates the Poincarécovariance and current conservation for the interacting system and two-body currents are required to satisfy these constraints. A model two-body current that has a structure motivated by "pair'' currents was constructed in this work. It appears naturally in quantum field theory. The Argonne V18 potential was used as the model nucleon-nucleon interaction and empirical nucleon form factors were used as input in the calculation of the deuteron form factors and structure functions. The sensitivity of the results to different nucleon-nucleon interactions, different nucleon form factors, and different choices of independent current matrix elements was examined. The calculations of elastic electron-deuteron scattering observables in this work are consistent with experiment to within uncertainties in the input.


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Copyright 2008 Yunfei Huang

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