Blue Skies, Rainbows, and Neutrons Or: A Lot of Stuff I Didn’t Learn in Graduate School

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When photons scatter, their angular distribution and energy shift reveal information about the structure of the scattering target. As a result, photon scattering has long been used to study materials at the atomic and molecular level. By substantially increasing the photon energy, experiments can also be used to measure electromagnetic properties of the proton and neutron -- properties which are sensitively related to the interactions among the constituent quarks and gluons. We will discuss experiments which measure the electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the nucleon, and present new results for the neutron.

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A presentation at the University of Kentucky Physics & Astronomy Colloquium in Lexington, KY.