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Title FIRST OBSERVATION OF THE PARITY VIOLATING ASYMMETRY IN MOLLER SCATTERING
Authors Imran Younus
JLAB number JLAB-PHY-03-239
LANL number (None)
Other number DOE/ER/40150-4350
Document Type(s) (Thesis) 
Supported by U.S. Naval Research: No
Supported by Jefferson Lab LDRD Funding: No
  Thesis
A PHD thesis
Advisor(s) :
   Paul Souder (Syracuse University)
Publication Abstract: This thesis reports on the E158 experiment at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), which has made the first observation of the parity non-conserving asymmetry in Moller scattering. Longitudinally polarized 48 GeV electrons are scattered off unpolarized (atomic) electrons in a liquid hydrogen target with an average Q2 of 0.027 GeV2. The asymmetry in this process is proportional to ( 1 4 ? sin2 W), where sin2 W gives the weak mixing angle. The thesis describes the experiment in detail, with a particular focus on the design and construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter. This calorimeter was the primary detector in the experiment used to measure the flux of the scattered Moller electrons and eP electrons. It employed the quartz fiber calorimetry technique, and was built at Syracuse University. The preliminary results from the first experimental data taken in spring 2002 give APV = ?151.9±29.0(stat)±32.5(syst) parts per billion. This in turn gives sin2 W = 0.2371 ± 0.0025 ± 0.0027, which is consistent with the Standard Model prediction (0.2386 ± 0.0006).
Experiment Numbers: other
Group: Hall A
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