Date of Award

Spring 2006

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Physics

Committee Director

Ian Balitsky

Committee Member

Gail E. Dodge

Committee Member

Charles Sukenik

Committee Member

Anatoly Radyushkin

Committee Member

Glenn Williams

Abstract

The remarkable feature of QCD is that the coupling constant (the strength of the interaction) depends on the energy of the interacting particles. At high energies, the coupling constant vanishes and QCD becomes asymptotically free. However, at lower energy, the running coupling constant increases, leading to the confining strong-coupling theory at energies of the order of hadron masses. We study the essential effects of the running coupling constant and analyze the transition from high to low energies in different processes.

DOI

10.25777/s0fg-ew45

ISBN

9780542580024

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