Physics at Virginia

"Spatial Imaging of Quarks and Gluons in the Proton"

Charles Hyde , Old Dominion University
[Host: Simonetta Liuti]

For many years, it was generally thought that spatial imaging of the proton was impossible in principle, due to the relativistic recoil of the proton when ever it is probed at momentum scales of order of the inverse of the proton size.  Two decades ago, a new set of QCD matrix elements were defined, called Generalized Parton Distributions (GPDs), that encode the spatial distributions of quarks and gluons transverse to a preferred momentum axis.  It was independently discovered that the GPDs are accessible experimentally in Deep Virtual Exclusive reactions:  high energy reactions of the type e p —> e p gamma.

I will review the progress of experimental efforts to measure GPDs, and discuss the extent to which spatial distributions can be extracted from present and future data.

Friday, December 4, 2015
3:30 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special room.

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