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Title: Polarisation observables in neutral pion photoproduction with MAMI
Author: Gardner, Simon
ISNI:       0000 0004 6060 7074
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2016
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This thesis presents new high statistics measurements of polarisation observables in neutral pion photoproduction from experiments carried out with the Crystal Ball at the Mainzer Microtron (MAMI) in Mainz. The polarisation observable Σ has been measured in the γp → π0 p reaction in the region between the ∆(1232) and second resonance region. Measurements of observables Σ, I s and I c in the γp → 2π0 p reaction have been made from the 2π 0 threshold, a lower energy than previously measured. All measurements produced for this thesis have been sent to partial wave analysis groups where they will be used to provide constraints to their models. In particular, the 2π 0 measurements are expected to have an impact on our understanding of the poorly constrained properties of the N(1440) resonance, such as the branching ratios of its decay through intermediate meson or ∆ pathways. The sPlot technique has been used for the first time in photoproduction experiments with advantages over other techniques discussed. The development of the technique for such analysis as this will be key for the extraction of many observables from future measurements.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QC Physics