The production of hypernuclei via the weak interaction

Van Niekerk, David Douglas (2007-03)

Thesis (MSc (Physics))--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.


In this thesis we present a relativistic formalism for the description of hypernuclei production via the weak interaction. It will be shown that the cross section can be written as the contraction of a leptonic and hadronic tensor if we model the interaction as a quasifree process. The hadronic tensor is written in a model-independent way in terms of thirteen nuclear structure functions. A Born term model is used to describe the underlying elementary hyperon production process. The bound state wave functions of the hyperon and nucleon are calculated within a relativistic mean-field approximation. Together with the relativistic kinematics a fully relativistic framework for experimental predictions is constructed and a specific cross section calculation is discussed.

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