We report on the study of parity violation in the scattering of polarized electrons to probe the contribution of strange quarks to the elastic nucleon form factors. We review the theoretical assumptions that are involved in isolating the strange form factors as well as the predictions for the size of the strange form factors. The experiments require the measurement of small asymmetries, typically ≤ 10-5. We describe in detail the general experimental techniques that are used to obtain this level of precision. Finally, we summarize specific experiments that have been published recently as well as new experiments in progress.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics