Professor Puckett is attending and presenting an invited talk at the workshop “Diquark Correlations in Hadron Physics” at the European Center for Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*) in Trento, Italy, during the week of Sept. 23-27. The webpage and program of the workshop can be found at the following link.
The first paper from the recently completed family of tritium target experiments in JLab’s Hall A is now published in Physics Letters B. The final published version of the paper can be found online at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2019.134890
The INSPIRE-HEP database entry for the paper can be found at http://inspirehep.net/record/1720567
The paper reports the first measurement of the cross section ratios between Helium-3 and tritium for quasi-elastic (QE) proton knockout in electron scattering at large values of the missing momentum, in kinematics for which the contributions of non-QE reaction mechanisms are suppressed (large Q2, x > 1). The measured 3He/3H cross section ratios agree with state-of-the-art few-body nuclear theory calculations up to missing momenta of about 250 MeV/c, equivalent to the Fermi momentum, but exceed all available calculations by 20-50% for missing momenta above the Fermi momentum of these A = 3 mirror nuclei. The high-missing-momentum data are sensitive to the dynamics of short-range-correlated two-nucleon pairs that dominate the high-momentum tail of the nuclear wave-function.
Current and former group members including Prof. Puckett, Eric Fuchey, and Freddy Obrecht are co-authors on the publication, having contributed to the data taking for the tritium experiments in the form of shifts and/or run coordination.