Parity-violating electron scattering and nucleon structure

D. H. Beck, R. D. McKeown

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The measurement of parity violation in the helicity dependence of electron-nucleon scattering provides unique information about the basic quark structure of the nucleons. This review presents the general formalism of parity-violating electron scattering, with emphasis on elastic electron-nucleon scattering. The physics issues addressed by such experiments are discussed, and the major goals of the presently envisioned experimental program are identified. Results from a recent series of experiments are summarized and the future prospects of this program are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-217
Number of pages29
JournalAnnual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


  • Anapole moment
  • Electron scattering
  • Nucleon form factors
  • Parity violation
  • Strange form factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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