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Title:The polarization of neutrons from the photodisintegration of deuterium
Author(s):Frederick, David Eugene
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Smith, J.H.
Department / Program:Physics
Abstract:The polarization of neutrons photoproduced from deuterium at about 148˚ in the center of mass system was measured at four intervals in the photon energy range of 11.0-22.9 Mev in the laboratory system. The neutron polarization was analyzed in a low pressure helium diffusion cloud chamber by scattering the neutrons and observing the left-right asymmetry in the helium gas nuclear recoils. This was achieved by photographing the individual recoils on film, then making measurements on the stereoscopically projected recoil track images, and finally subjecting the data to a maximum likelihood calculation. The photography of the random scattering events was accomplished by illuminating the chamber with a slide projector light beam and then detecting the light reflected by the vapor condensation on the recoil paths. The polarizations measured in the four photon energy intervals of 11.0-12.9 Mev, 13.0-15.9 Mev, 16.0•-17.9 Mev and 18.0-22.9 Mev are -0.032±0.078, -0.198±0.086, -.25±.120, and -.296±.137, respectively. The polarization is defined to be positive in the direction of k y x kn o ,the directions of the incoming photon and outgoing photoneutron, respectively. The results are substantially in agreement with the polarization calculations by deSwart and Marshak and by Rustgi; Zernik, Breit and Andrews.
Issue Date:1962
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Other Identifier(s):6208817
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:© 1962 David Eugene Frederick
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-08-04

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