Electron Scattering and Few-Nucleon Systems

  • Bernard Frois
Conference paper
Part of the Few-Body Systems book series (FEWBODY, volume 1)


In the past few years, considerable progress has been achieved in theoretical calculations of few-nucleon systems. This meeting has shown in particular that calculations with a two-body force are now reliable and numerically accurate. The amount of data that are both quantitative and interpretable is scarce. Traditionnally, one has considered binding energies, charge radii, magnetic dipole and charge quadrupole moments as a primary source of information on bound-states. These observables are no longer sufficient to test the state of the art in theoretical calculations. The major problem is that it is now clear that nuclear physics cannot be described in terms of nucleons only. There are many more degrees of freedom due to the presence of mesons and excitations of the nucleons. These effects modify charge and current distributions, and introduce many-body forces. It is impossible with a few numbers to disentangle these effects. Electron scattering has proved to be the best experimental approach to solve this problem.


Form Factor Charge Radius Final State Interaction Magnetic Form Factor Charge Form Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Frois
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  1. 1.Service de Physique Nucléaire — Haute EnergieCEN SaclayGif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance

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