2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Relativistic Hamiltonian Dynamics: A Model of Electron Scattering Off a Spin-Zero, Three Body Constituent Target Particle in the Point Form
Matthew W. Over
Dr. Peter Rolnick (Retired), Faculty Mentor

Developing an electron scattering model using Relativistic Hamiltonian Dynamics (RHD) for a three constituent target particle is important for several reasons. First, RHD can describe medium energy scattering systems, where non-relativistic quantum mechanics and quantum field theory are unsuitable. Secondly, differences between the three common approaches, the point, front, and instant forms that arise as a result of approximations can be examined. These approximations, as shown by previous work for a two body system using a one body approximation, cause differences in the charge form factor, a function of momentum transferred, for different forms. Our model is the first step in comparing the results for the common forms for targets consisting of three or more bodies. Our spin-zero constituent model is the simplest, non-trivial scenario.

Keywords: Relativistic Hamiltonian Dynamics, Point Form, Three Body Constituent Target Particle, Approximations, Charge Form Factor


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 11-2
Location: VH 1416
Time: 8:30

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