Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Alvin Rosenthal

Second Advisor

Dr. Dean Halderson

Third Advisor

Dr. Larry Oppliger

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The nuclear (γ,K*) reaction is studied using plane wave impulse approximation (PWIA) and a distorted wave impulse approximation (DWIA), which includes full Coulomb and optical distortions. The model and calculations for each model are presented. For 12C(γ K*)12B, the two approximation methods are compared at 2 energies: 1.47 Gev/c and 1.84GeV/c. 208Pb(γ, K*)208 i s a lso examined. Distortion effects are found to greatly alter the magnitude of the cross sections, but the shape of the angular distributions remains. the same. Conclusions suggest further study.

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