Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Committee Director

Gail E. Dodge

Committee Member

Sebastian E. Kuhn

Committee Member

Leposava Vuskovic

Committee Member

Anatoly Radyushkin

Committee Member

Margaret Mulholland


The single and double spin asymmetries At and Aet have been measured in π- electro-production off the deuteron using a longitudinally polarized electron beam and a polarized ND3 target. The electron beam was polarized using a strained GaAs cathode and the target was polarized using Dynamic Nuclear Polarization. The data were collected at beam energies of 1.6, 1.7, 2.5 and 4.2 GeV in Hall B at Jefferson Lab in the spring of 2001. The final state particles were detected in the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS). The d(e,e'π-p)p exclusive channel was identified using the missing mass technique and the asymmetries were extracted as a function of the momentum transfer Q2, invariant mass W, and center of mass pion angles cos (θ*) and (Φ*). The results are generally in agreement with the phenomenological model MAID at low energies, but there are discrepancies in the 2nd and 3rd resonance regions, as well as at forward angles


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