The Shape of the Carbon Nucleus

  • W. Peter Trower


We1 have made the most precise determination to date of a nuclear charge distribution. Now that our result is published, it should serve as a standard to which all electron scattering data will be normalized2. What I wish to present here is a sketch of the current state of experimental electron scattering, a synopsis of our difficult measurement, and a glimpse of the process by which we achieved our results.


Lamb Shift Carbon Nucleus Fine Structure Constant Elastic Peak Electron Linear Accelerator 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Peter Trower
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics/Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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