Backward particle production in muon scattering at 470 GeV

Arijit Banerjee, University of Pennsylvania


In this thesis analysis of data on hadron production in the backward hemisphere and at large laboratory angles from deep inelastic scattering of high-energy muon beam off nuclear targets is presented. The data were collected at Fermilab Experiment 665 from its two running periods in 1987 and 1990-91. The nuclear targets used in this experiment were Xe (1987), Pb (1990), Ca (1990), C (1990), D2 (1987, 1990-91) and H2 (1987, 1990-91) and the average muon beam energy was above 450 GeV (490 GeV in 1987 and 470 GeV in 1990-91). The physics issues investigated in this thesis are the nuclear effects which are in the realm of non-perturbative QCD and are thus understood at a phenomenological level only. These are intranuclear cascading, short-range correlation, space-time description of hadronization, and nuclear shadowing and diffractive scattering. The analysis presented here addresses all these issues with experimental data and the available theoretical models. Although limited by statistics, the data have several interesting features which would be relevant for the further development of the phenomenological models of these physical processes as well as for future experiments where these issues are important.

Subject Area

Particle physics|Nuclear physics

Recommended Citation

Banerjee, Arijit, "Backward particle production in muon scattering at 470 GeV" (1995). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI9543046.