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Deep Inelastic Scattering$
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Robin Devenish and Amanda Cooper-Sarkar

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198506713

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198506713.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Deep Inelastic Scattering

Robin Devenish

Amanda Cooper-Sarkar

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the basic idea of scattering experiments as a probe of spatial structure and forces. It explains the meaning of the term deep inelastic using elementary arguments. A broadly historical route into the content of the book starts with an outline of the early measurements at SLAC using high energy electrons and the complementary results from the first high energy neutrino beams. Feynman's partons are introduced and identified with quarks. The development of quantum chromodynamics and how it provides the theoretical basis for the parton model is discussed. A brief summary of the remainder of the book covers deep inelastic scattering at high energy colliders, particularly HERA but also the Tevatron and the LHC.

Keywords:   deep inelastic, quantum chromodynamics, parton model, high energy colliders

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