Grant: $910,000 - National Science Foundation - Sep. 14, 2009
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Award Description: This award provides support for a program using electromagnetic probes to study hadronic matter on a fundatmental level at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Although the group recently formed at Idaho State University, each of the senior level participants has a history of intense involvement in the Jefferson Lab physics program. National Science Foundation support will allow graduate students to complete their Ph.D. degrees with our current physics program and facilitate the construction of equipment for the 12 GeV JLab upgrade. The group is focused on three fundatmental experiments. The Qweak experiment will utilize parity violating electron scattering to measure the weak mixing angle. This measurement represents a stringent test of the Standard Model, or alternatively, a search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. Led by Dr. Tony Forest, ISU's contribution to the Qweak program includes a major instrumentation component, namely, the Region 1 detector and the front end electronics. Dr. Phil Cole is focusing on comprehensive measurements of vector meson and hyperon photoproduction utilizing linearly polarized photons to improve our understanding of the underlying symmetry of the quark degrees of freedom in the nucleon, the nature of the parity exchange between the incident photon and the target nucleon, and the mechanism of associated strangeness production in electromagnetic reactions. Dr. Dan Dale is a spokesperson for the PrimEx Collaboration which seeks to perform a high precision measurement of the neutral ion lifetime as a test of the chiral anomaly in QCD, along with different approaches to corrections to the anomaly. Using photoproduction in the Coulomb field of a nucleus, this measurement will provide a stringent test of the predictions of quantum chromodynamics in the confinement scale regime. With a view toward the furure upgrade of the Jefferson Lab accelerator, the ISU group is proposing to built the Region 1 drift chambers at ISU for the Hall-B 12 GeV program. Clean room facilities are currently being designed at ISU for this effort.
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