Undergraduate Honors Thesis


Analysis of the Inclusive Cross-Section of Semi-Inclusive Deep Inelastic Electron Scattering Public Deposited

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  • In this honors thesis, I perform an Analysis of the Semi-Inclusive and Inclusive cross-sections of Deep Inelastic Electron Scattering with Jefferson Lab's Hall C. Semi-Inclusive Deep Inelastic Scattering (SIDIS) is a powerful tool used to probe the internal structure of the proton. That being said, due to the complexity of SIDIS experiments, Inclusive electron scattering is more well-understood. In this thesis, I perform an analysis of both SIDIS and inclusive deep inelastic scattering and compare the results to theoretical predictions. The SIDIS events were taken with the ptSIDIS experiment (E12-09-017) during the fall of 2018. Due to the lack of background runs taken for the inclusive scattering events at this time, the ratio of the semi-inclusive background and foreground was used to determine the inclusive background. This background was then cut out of the foreground to determine the total inclusive cross-section, which was then compared to theoretical predictions. Extraction of the F_2 structure function is likewise discussed. An in-depth discussion of the theoretical background and experimental apparatus is also provided.

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  • 2023-04-06
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  • 2023-04-19
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