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Title: Q{sub weak} experiment update and applications/opportunities at lower energies

The Q{sub weak} experiment has recently completed data-taking at Jefferson Lab. The primary focus of the experiment is to perform a precision measurement of the proton's neutral weak charge. The Standard Model gives a definite prediction for the weak charge. Any deviation from that can be interpreted as evidence for new physics beyond the Standard Model. This precision, low energy measurement is sensitive to new physics signatures at energy scales up to 2 TeV. The experiment measures the parity-violating asymmetry in the scattering of 1.165 GeV longitudinally polarized electrons on the proton at low momentum transfer (Q{sup 2} ∼ 0.025 (GeV/c){sup 2}). This paper provides a brief status report on the experiment with a focus on instrumentation and techniques that are applicable to lower beam energy realizations of parity-violating electron scattering measurements. Estimates of anticipated errors on the proton's weak charge expected if the Q{sub weak} apparatus were used at a lower beam energy are also discussed.
Authors:
 [1] ;
  1. Center for Neutrino Physics and Department of Physics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22280656
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1563; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: Workshop to explore physics opportunities with intense, polarized electron beams at 50-300 MeV, Cambridge, MA (United States), 14-16 Mar 2013; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; ACCURACY; ASYMMETRY; CEBAF ACCELERATOR; ELASTIC SCATTERING; ELECTRON-PROTON INTERACTIONS; ELECTRONS; GEV RANGE; MOMENTUM TRANSFER; PARITY; PARTICLE STRUCTURE; PROTONS; STANDARD MODEL; TEV RANGE