First measurement of timelike Compton scattering

Chatagnon, P. et al. (2021) First measurement of timelike Compton scattering. Physical Review Letters, 127(26), 262501. (doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.262501)

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Abstract

We present the first measurement of the timelike Compton scattering process, γp→p^{'}γ^{*}(γ^{*}→e^{+}e^{-}), obtained with the CLAS12 detector at Jefferson Lab. The photon beam polarization and the decay lepton angular asymmetries are reported in the range of timelike photon virtualities 2.25<Q^{'2}<9  GeV^{2}, squared momentum transferred 0.1<-t<0.8  GeV^{2}, and average total center-of-mass energy squared s=14.5  GeV^{2}. The photon beam polarization asymmetry, similar to the beam-spin asymmetry in deep virtual Compton scattering, is sensitive to the imaginary part of the Compton form factors and provides a way to test the universality of the generalized parton distributions. The angular asymmetry of the decay leptons accesses the real part of the Compton form factors and thus the D-term in the parametrization of the generalized parton distributions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sokhan, Dr Daria and MacGregor, Professor Douglas and McKinnon, Dr Bryan and Livingston, Dr Kenneth and Ireland, Professor David and Wishart, Robert and Glazier, Dr Derek and Naidoo, Paul and Tyson, Mr Richard and Clark, Dr Laura and Montgomery, Dr Rachel
Authors: Chatagnon, P., Niccolai, S., Stepanyan, S., Amaryan, M. J., Angelini, G., Armstrong, W. R., Atac, H., Ayerbe Gayoso, C., Baltzell, N. A., Barion, L., Bashkanov, M., Battaglieri, M., Bedlinskiy, I., Benmokhtar, F., Bianconi, A., Biondo, L., Biselli, A. S., Bondi, M., Bossù, F., Boiarinov, S., Briscoe, W. J., Brooks, W. K., Bulumulla, D., Burkert, V. D., Carman, D. S., Carvajal, J. C., Caudron, M., Celentano, A., Chetry, T., Ciullo, G., Clark, L., Cole, P. L., Contalbrigo, M., Costantini, G., Crede, V., D'Angelo, A., Dashyan, N., Defurne, M., De Vita, R., Deur, A., Diehl, S., Djalali, C., Dupré, R., Egiyan, H., Ehrhart, M., El Alaoui, A., El Fassi, L., Elouadrhiri, L., Fegan, S., Fersch, R., Filippi, A., Gavalian, G., Ghandilyan, Y., Gilfoyle, G. P., Girod, F. X., Glazier, D. I., Golubenko, A. A., Gothe, R. W., Gotra, Y., Griffioen, K. A., Guidal, M., Guo, L., Hakobyan, H., Hattawy, M., Hayward, T. B., Heddle, D., Hobart, A., Holtrop, M., Hyde, C. E., Ilieva, Y., Ireland, D. G., Isupov, E. L., Jo, H. S., Joo, K., Kabir, M. L., Keller, D., Khachatryan, G., Khanal, A., Kim, A., Kim, W., Kripko, A., Kubarovsky, V., Kuhn, S. E., Lanza, L., Leali, M., Lee, S., Lenisa, P., Livingston, K., MacGregor, I.J. D., Marchand, D., Marsicano, L., Mascagna, V., McKinnon, B., McLauchlin, C., Migliorati, S., Mirazita, M., Mokeev, V., Montgomery, R. A., Munoz Camacho, C., Nadel-Turonski, P., Naidoo, P., Neupane, K., O'Connell, T. R., Osipenko, M., Ouillon, M., Pandey, P., Paolone, M., Pappalardo, L. L., Paremuzyan, R., Pasyuk, E., Phelps, W., Pogorelko, O., Poudel, J., Price, J. W., Prok, Y., Raue, B. A., Reed, T., Ripani, M., Rizzo, A., Rossi, P., Rowley, J., Sabatié, F., Schmidt, A., Segarra, E. P., Sharabian, Y. G., Shirokov, E. V., Shrestha, U., Sokhan, D., Soto, O., Sparveris, N., Strakovsky, I. I., Strauch, S., Tyler, N., Tyson, R., Ungaro, M., Vallarino, S., Venturelli, L., Voskanyan, H., Vossen, A., Voutier, E., Watts, D. P., Wei, K., Wei, X., Wishart, R., Yale, B., Zachariou, N., 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
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Author(s) 2021
First Published:First published in Physical Review Letters 127(26):262501
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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