First exclusive measurement of deeply virtual compton scattering off He4: toward the 3D tomography of nuclei

Hattawy, M. et al. (2017) First exclusive measurement of deeply virtual compton scattering off He4: toward the 3D tomography of nuclei. Physical Review Letters, 119(20), 202004. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.202004)

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Abstract

We report on the first measurement of the beam-spin asymmetry in the exclusive process of coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering off a nucleus. The experiment uses the 6 GeV electron beam from the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) accelerator at Jefferson Lab incident on a pressurized 4 He gaseous target placed in front of the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS). The scattered electron is detected by CLAS and the photon by a dedicated electromagnetic calorimeter at forward angles. To ensure the exclusivity of the process, a specially designed radial time projection chamber is used to detect the recoiling 4 He nuclei. We measure beam-spin asymmetries larger than those observed on the free proton in the same kinematic domain. From these, we are able to extract, in a model-independent way, the real and imaginary parts of the only 4 He Compton form factor, H A . This first measurement of coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering on the 4 He nucleus, with a fully exclusive final state via nuclear recoil tagging, leads the way toward 3D imaging of the partonic structure of nuclei.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sokhan, Dr Daria and Fegan, Mr Stuart and Protopopescu, Dr Dan and MacGregor, Professor I and McKinnon, Dr Bryan and Clark, Ms Louise and Livingston, Dr Kenneth and Montgomery, Dr Rachel and Ireland, Professor David and Rosner, Professor Guenther
Authors: Hattawy, M., Baltzell, N. A., Dupré, R., Hafidi, K., Stepanyan, S., Bültmann, S., De Vita, R., El Alaoui, A., El Fassi, L., Egiyan, H., Girod, F. X., Guidal, M., Jenkins, D., Liuti, S., Perrin, Y., Torayev, B., Voutier, E., Adhikari, K. P., Adhikari, S., Adikaram, D., Akbar, Z., Amaryan, M. J., Anefalos Pereira, S., Armstrong, W. R., Avakian, H., Ball, J., Bashkanov, M., Battaglieri, M., Batourine, V., Bedlinskiy, I., Biselli, A. S., Boiarinov, S., Briscoe, W. J., Brooks, W. K., Burkert, V. D., Thanh Cao, F., Carman, D. S., Celentano, A., Charles, G., Chetry, T., Ciullo, G., Clark, L., Colaneri, L., Cole, P. L., Contalbrigo, M., Cortes, O., Crede, V., D’Angelo, A., Dashyan, N., De Sanctis, E., Deur, A., Djalali, C., Elouadrhiri, L., Eugenio, P., Fedotov, G., Fegan, S., Fersch, R., Filippi, A., Fleming, J. A., Forest, T. A., Fradi, A., Garçon, M., Gevorgyan, N., Ghandilyan, Y., Gilfoyle, G. P., Giovanetti, K. L., Gleason, C., Gohn, W., Golovatch, E., Gothe, R. W., Griffioen, K. A., Guo, L., Hakobyan, H., Hanretty, C., Harrison, N., Heddle, D., Hicks, K., Holtrop, M., Hughes, S. M., Ireland, D. G., Ishkhanov, B. S., Isupov, E. L., Jiang, H., Joo, K., Joosten, S., Keller, D., Khachatryan, G., Khachatryan, M., Khandaker, M., Kim, A., Kim, W., Klein, A., Klein, F. J., Kubarovsky, V., Kuhn, S. E., Kuleshov, S. V., Lanza, L., Lenisa, P., Livingston, K., Lu, H. Y., MacGregor, I. J. D., Markov, N., Mayer, M., McCracken, M. E., McKinnon, B., Meyer, C. A., Meziani, Z. E., Mineeva, T., Mirazita, M., Mokeev, V., Montgomery, R. A., Moutarde, H., Movsisyan, A., Munoz Camacho, C., Nadel-Turonski, P., Net, L. A., Niccolai, S., Niculescu, G., Niculescu, I., Osipenko, M., Ostrovidov, A. I., Paolone, M., Paremuzyan, R., Park, K., Pasyuk, E., Phelps, E., Phelps, W., Pisano, S., Pogorelko, O., Price, J. W., Prok, Y., Protopopescu, D., Ripani, M., Ritchie, B. G., Rizzo, A., Rosner, G., Rossi, P., Sabatié, F., Salgado, C., Schumacher, R. A., Seder, E., Sharabian, Y. G., Simonyan, A., Skorodumina, I., Smith, G. D., Sokhan, D., Sparveris, N., Strauch, S., Taiuti, M., Ungaro, M., Voskanyan, H., Walford, N. K., Watts, D. P., Wei, X., Weinstein, L. B., Wood, M. H., Zachariou, N., Zana, L., Zhang, J., and Zhao, Z. W.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review Letters
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:0031-9007
ISSN (Online):1079-7114
Published Online:15 November 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 American Physical Society
First Published:First published in Physical Review Letters 119(20): 202004
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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