Electron scattering intensities and Patterson functions of Skyrmions

M. Karliner, C. King, N. S. Manton*

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The scattering of electrons off nuclei is one of the best methods of probing nuclear structure. In this paper we focus on electron scattering off nuclei with spin and isospin zero within the Skyrme model. We consider two distinct methods and simplify our calculations by use of the Born approximation. The first method is to calculate the form factor of the spherically averaged Skyrmion charge density; the second uses the Patterson function to calculate the scattering intensity off randomly oriented Skyrmions, and spherically averages at the end. We compare our findings with experimental scattering data. We also find approximate analytical formulae for the first zero and first stationary point of a form factor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number055104
JournalJournal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 12 Apr 2016


  • Patterson function
  • Skyrmion
  • electron scattering


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