Date of Award

Spring 1987

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Differential cross sections for electron scattering from $\sp{92}{\rm Mo}$ have been measured for excitation energies less than 5.1 MeV. The momentum-transfer dependence of these cross sections has been mapped out over a range of 0.5 to 3.1 $fm\sp{-1}$ in the forward direction and 0.8 to 2.9 $fm\sp{-1}$ in the backward scattering direction. The elastic scattering data are analyzed along with existing data and muonic atom data to provide an improved description of the groundstate charge distribution. The inelastic scattering data for 23 excited states have been further analyzed to extract electromagnetic transition densities. These densities are discussed and when possible related to the underlying nuclear structure.