Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2014

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School




Program or Major

Physics and Mathematics

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Patricia Solvignon


The EMC effect has been investigated by physicists over the past 30 years since it was discovered at CERN. This effect shows that the internal nucleon structure varies when in the nuclear medium. Data from SLAC E139 and JLab E03 103 were studied with the Coulomb correction and directly compared. The Coulomb distortion had a greater impact on the JLab data due to slightly lower energies and different kinematics. The EMC ratio was found to have a dependence on a kinematic variable, which was removed when Coulomb corrections were applied. The methodology was developed to apply Coulomb corrections, which had been neglected in the past, and to extrapolate to nuclear matter to compare to theory. From the result of the analysis presented in this document, different experiments may be combined to produce one data set.

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Nuclear Commons