Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Alvin Rosenthal

Second Advisor

Dr. E. M. Bernstein

Third Advisor

Dr. Sung Chung

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This thesis presents an examination that the two nuclear charge form factors, relativistic and non-relativistic, are equivalent approximately in an appreciable range. The relativistic one is contributed by both vector charge density and tensor charge density. And the non-relativistic charge form factor is contributed by the nuclear densities from experimental electron scattering cross section, these densities are fundamental to much of nuclear structure physics.

The Dirac equation is used to calculate the vector charge density and tensor density, because the charge density from the analysis of the experimental data may be compared with proton charge densities obtained from various models of nuclear structure. The standard procedure for calculating charge densities from the Schroedinger equation is no longer correct if nucleons obey the Dirac equation.

This work only explored the case of a single state (ground state) of a single particle.

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Nuclear Commons