Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Alvin Rosenthal

Second Advisor

Dr. Dean Halderson

Third Advisor

Dr. Gerald Hardie

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


A quark model of the baryons has been developed for calculating properties of nucleons which can be useful in nuclear interactions. A Hamiltonian, motivated by QCD, was diagonalized in a harmonic oscillator basis. In addition to predicting the proton charge radius and Delta-Nucleon mass difference, this work also yields a value of the axial vector coupling constant which compares well with experiment. Electric and magnetic form factors represent the major success of this model. The electromagnetic transitions predicted by this model compete well with other models but are not able to reproduce experimental results completely. The advantage of this model over other descriptions of the nucleon is in its ability to produce a nucleon wave function which contains the necessary properties of a nucleon for use in reaction calculations.

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Nuclear Commons