Saturday, June 27, 2009

Oy, You Egghead!

I believe that one of our duties to God is to use the gifts that he gave us to the best of our abilities. Since I was a young boy I knew that I wanted to be a scientist, and in fact, I knew that I wanted to be a nuclear physicist. Thankfully the Lord has blessed me with a skill set to enable me to follow my dream, and to be successful in my field. I wanted to share one egghead-type post of the abstract of my most recent work that has just been published [Ref: Phys. Rev. C 79, 065205 (2009)]. Thanks in advance for putting up with me on this one.

Beam-Recoil Polarization Transfer in the Nucleon Resonance Region in the Exclusive ep → e'K+Λ and ep → e'K+Σ0 Reactions: Beam-recoil transferred polarizations for the exclusive ep → e'K+Λ,Σ0 reactions have been measured using the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility's large acceptance spectrometer (CLAS) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. New measurements have been completed at beam energies of 4.261 and 5.754 GeV that span a range of momentum transfer Q2 from 0.7 to 5.4 GeV2, invariant energy W from 1.6 to 2.6 GeV, and the full center-of-mass angular range of the K+ meson. These new data add to the existing CLAS K+Λ measurements at 2.567 GeV, and provide the first-ever data for the K+Σ0 channel in electroproduction. Comparisons of the data with several theoretical models are used to study the sensitivity to s-channel resonance contributions and the underlying reaction mechanism. Interpretations within two semiclassical partonic models are made to probe the underlying reaction mechanism and the s-sbar quark-pair creation dynamics.

O.K., so now you know more about what excites me! If you want to discuss the data results or the model interpretations, let me know. I can even wear my white "scientist-type" lab coat if you that would make me seem more authoritative.