January 30, 2014 - Special Theory Meeting
- 1 Special Theory Meeting
- 2 Meeting Logistics
- 3 For those calling in we'll use the ReadyTalk audio conference system.
- 4 For those using the web interface
- 5 BACKGROUND FOR THEORISTS
- 6 Two Slides to Start Discussion
- 7 Theory comments and questions provided to Experimentalists
- 8 Questions collected for Theorists
Special Theory Meeting
- Thursday, January 30th 9am EST
- JLAB Meeting Room - Test Lab Rm 2236 (second floor)
- Remote call-in information
For those calling in we'll use the ReadyTalk audio conference system.
1. Dial Toll-Free Number: 866-740-1260 (U.S. & Canada) 2. Enter 7-digit access code 3441852, followed by “#”
For those using the web interface
1. Follow the invitation sent earlier 2. Or use ReadyTalk.com and use code 3441852
- Web page - https://wiki.jlab.org/ciswiki/index.php/January_30,_2014_-_Special_Theory_Meeting
- Confirmed (as of Jan 19th)
- Tim Gay (U. NEBRASKA)
- Joe Grames (JLAB)
- Charles Horowitz (INDIANA U.)
- Martin McHugh (GEORGE WASHINGTON U.)
- Allena Opper (GEORGE WASHINGTON U.)
- Matt Poelker (JLAB)
- Xavier Roca Maza (INFN)
- Charles Sinclair (CORNELL U./JLAB)
- Riad Suleiman (JLAB)
- Wally Melnitchouk (JLAB)
BACKGROUND FOR THEORISTS
- OUR EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM
- To precisely measure scattering asymmetry of spin polarized electrons from thin pure Z foils
- Accessible energy range is about 3 to 8 MeV
- Targets on hand are gold, silver, copper foils of varying thickness, but can install others readily
- Measure polarimeter systematics with goal <0.5%
- OUR SIMULATION PROGRAM
- Build GEANT4 model of polarimeter and benchmark detector response against measurement
- Implement physics (cross-section, Sherman function, spin transfer functions) provided by theory
- Develop ab initio simulation dependence of asymmetry on target thickness (multiple scattering, radiation effects, etc) to measurement
- By calibrating model to experimental data predict zero-thickness asymmetry with high precision <1%
- DESIRED THEORY PROGRAM
- Collaborate on experiment, to help provide theory input to the experiment and simulation program at JLAB
- Discuss physics issues, perform calculations, provide tables for simulation (cross-section, Sherman function, spin transfer functions)
- Write about the theoretical basis, corrections, uncertainties
- Advise which measurements may be best tests on leading corrections or limit absolute knowledge of physics
- Consider calculation to improve uncertainty in physics below 1%
Two Slides to Start Discussion
Theory comments and questions provided to Experimentalists
Questions collected for Theorists
- Question #1 (Joe, email@example.com, 1/13/2014)
- Coulomb screening is a leading effect for electron energies <1 MeV, and finite nuclear size is a leading effect for energies >10MeV (when DeBrogile wavelength is comparable to nuclear radius). Although our polarimeter is optimized for 5MeV we can operate with beam energies typically from about 3-8 MeV. What is the size of the uncertainty on the corrections in this energy range and for Z we use such as gold, silver, copper? Are we sensitive enough in this region to perform a test on the uncertainty of the physics calculations, e.g. using suitable Z or extending the energy reach?
- Question #2 (Joe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1/15/2014)
- Is the biggest uncertainty in the theoretical calculations radiative corrections? Can a sound theoretical calculation be made that calculates this contribution with relative accuracy of ~30%?
- Question #3 (Joe, email@example.com, 1/15/2014)
- Although we will pester the theorists about the precision on the Sherman function calculation, also the cross-section and spin transfer functions are derived from the same F & G functions. In particular, all four are relevant for our GEANT4 simulations. Are the uncertainties for the latter functions similar or are there any arguments why they would be larger or smaller? We need to understand the uncertainties that are folded into the physics for the target thickness simulation.
- Question #4 (Joe, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1/15/2014)
- What would be the most interesting or useful measurements we could attempt to help appreciate or validate theory calculations?
- Question #5 (Tim, email@example.com, 1/15/2014)
- For Mott scattering at 120 keV, where radiative corrections (through, e.g., bremsstrahlung emission) are thought to affect the Sherman function S well below the 1% level [G.Holzwarth and H.J.Meister, Nucl.Phys. 59, 56 (1964)], the only way an electron can lose energy is in an “elastic” scattering event through nuclear recoil, which is kinematicaly well-defined for a fixed scattering angle. The Mott scattering process at 120 keV is thus pretty well defined. At 5 MeV, energy loss is about 50% due to bremsstrahlung [L.Pages et al., At.Data 4, 1 (1972)], so my assumption is that radiative corrections may significantly affect the Sherman function. Will these corrections be taken into account and by how much do you estimate they will affect the value of S?
- Question #6 (Tim, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1/15/2014)
- How accurate do you estimate your calculations will be?
- Question #7 (Tim, email@example.com, 1/15/2014)
- The only way we will have to assess the accuracy of your calculations is by measuring relative values of S for various values of Z and E (and possibly θ). Do you anticipate doing calculations for a variety of targets and energies between, e.g., 3 and 6 MeV?
- Question #8 (Charlie, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1/16/2014)
- Are there any effects from inelastic scattering that affect the measured polarization?
- Question #9 (Charlie, email@example.com, 1/16/2014)
- Is it a correct statement that the (complex) F and G functions for scattering an electron from a point nucleus are calculable with uncertainties small enough to be unimportant for our project?
- Question #10 (Charlie, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1/16/2014)
- Would there be any benefit from improving the energy resolution of our detection scheme (say, to perhaps 1% - presently 2.5%)?
- Question #11 (Riad, email@example.com, 1/17/2014)
- With regard to calculations which will be provided for cross-section, S, T, U; do you include any of the theoretical radiative corrections, that is, corrections to the first-order calculations (one-photon) like two or more photon exchanges, vertex corrections, vacuum polarization, box diagrams, ... . I am specifically asking about two-photon.
- How big is the theoretical radiative correction and and how do its value and its uncertainty depend on Z and E?
- Question #12 (Riad, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1/17/2014)
- Is the production of a real photon included in theoretical calculations?