The Qweak Experiment -- A search for new physics at the TeV Scale by measurement of the proton's weak charge [electronic resource].
- Washington, D.C. : United States. Dept. of Energy, 2007.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. : Distributed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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- Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (U.S.)
United States. Department of Energy
United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information
- From a distance, the proton's weak charge is seen through the distorting effects of clouds of virtual particles. The effective weak charge can be calculated by starting with the measured weak coupling at the Z-pole and "running" the coupling to lower energy or, equivalently, longer distances. Because the "electroweak radiative corrections" or "loop diagrams" which give rise to the running depend not only on known particles, but on particles which have not yet been discovered, a difference between the calculated and measured weak charges may signal new physics. A measurement of Qweak to 4% will be sensitive to new physics at the few TeV scale. The Qweak experiment is based on the fact that the parity-violating longitudinal analyzing power, Az, in electron-proton scattering at low momentum transfer and small scattering angle, is proportional to the proton's weak charge. The experiment plans to measure the predicted Az of -0.3 ppm with a combined statistica
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