Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
In this work the photon beam asymmetry Σ for the reaction γp K+ Σ0(1193) is measured using the GlueX experiment in Hall D at Jefferson Lab. The analysis used data that were collected using a linearly polarized photon beam in the energy range (8.2 - 8.8) GeV incident on a liquid hydrogen target. The beam asymmetries are measured as a function of the Mandelstam variable t and as a single value for the low u region. These are the first exclusive measurements of the photon beam asymmetry Σ in this reaction at energies above the baryon resonance region. For the t-channel, results are close to unity and show that the reaction is dominated by the natural-parity exchange of the K*(892) Regge trajectory as predicted by theoretical models. A value of Σ = 0.410±0.090 is obtained for the u-channel and suggests the exchange of both Σ(J = 1/2) and Y*(J = 3/2) trajectory contributions to the production of K+Σ0.
Wickramaarachchi, Nilanga I..
"Measurement of the Photon Beam Asymmetry in γP → K+Σ0 at Eγ = 8.5 GeV with GlueX"
(2020). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Dissertation, Physics, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/rgbw-1281