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The CBELSA/TAPS experiment at the electron accelerator ELSA, in Bonn, Germany, was used in order to study the photoproduction of neutral pions off the proton with a linearly polarized photon beam; Neutral pions were reconstructed through their dominant decay mode into two photons. The photons were detected in a barrel/forward electromagnetic calorimeter system which covered 99% of the 4π solid angle. The Crystal Barrel CsI(Tl) calorimeter detected photons at polar angles from 30° to 168°, while TAPS, a BaF2 spectrometer, covered forward polar angles from 5.8° to 30° and served as a fast trigger; Both calorimeters had complete azimuthal angular coverage. Coherent bremsstrahlung of electrons in a diamond radiator was used to produce a linearly polarized beam of photons with a coherent peak at 1305 or 1610 MeV. The analysis of these two datasets allowed for the measurement of the photon beam asymmetry in the beam photon energy range of 920 to 1680 MeV. For the first time, these results cover the very forward polar angles of the neutral pion. The measurements are compared to the SAID, MAID, and BnGa models and to previous measurements. These new measurements of the photon beam asymmetry contribute to the ongoing experimentally-driven exploration of the N and Δ resonances. The study of strange baryons provides a link between the strong interaction physics of the excited nucleons and the heavy flavor baryons. The upcoming GlueX experiment at Jefferson Lab is expected to provide an opportunity to examine strange baryons in much greater detail than ever before. GEANT-based Monte Carlo simulations of Cascade baryons at the GlueX experiment were conducted in order to better understand the capabilities of this experiment. A proposal, "An initial study of mesons and baryons containing strange quarks with GlueX", was submitted to the 40th Jefferson Lab Program Advisory Committee (PAC), in part, supported by these Cascade baryon simulations. 200 days of additional beam time were approved, with the proposal receiving an A scientific rating.
A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Physics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
Volker Crede, Professor Directing Dissertation; Ettore Aldrovandi, University Representative; Paul Eugenio, Committee Member; Joseph Owens, Committee Member; Simon Capstick, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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