Measurement of the beam-helicity asymmetry I in the photoproduction of π0-pairs off the proton and off the neutron

Oberle, M. et al. (2013) Measurement of the beam-helicity asymmetry I in the photoproduction of π0-pairs off the proton and off the neutron. [Key Findings]

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2013.03.021

Abstract

Beam-helicity asymmetries have been measured at the MAMI accelerator in Mainz for the photoproduction of neutral pion pairs in the reactions s γp → pπ0π0 and γd → (n)pπ0π0, γd → (p)nπ0π0 off free protons and off quasi-free nucleons bound in the deuteron for incident photon energies up to 1.4 GeV. Circularly polarized photons were produced from bremsstrahlung of longitudinally polarized electrons and tagged with the Glasgow magnetic spectrometer. Decay photons from the π0 mesons, recoil protons, and recoil neutrons were detected in the 4π covering electromagnetic calorimeter composed of the Crystal Ball and TAPS detectors. After kinematic reconstruction of the final state, excellent agreement was found between the results for free and quasi-free protons. This demonstrates that the free-nucleon behavior of such observables can be extracted from measurements with quasi-free nucleons, which is the only possibility for the neutron. Contrary to expectations, the measured asymmetries are very similar for reactions off protons and neutrons. The results are compared to the predictions from the Two-Pion MAID reaction model and (for the proton) also to the Bonn–Gatchina coupled channel analysis.

Item Type:Key Findings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Livingston, Dr Kenneth and Howdle, Mr David and McNicoll, Miss Eilidh and Mancell, Mr Joe and Glazier, Dr Derek and McGeorge, Dr John and Robinson, Mr Jamie and Downie, Dr Evangeline and MacGregor, Professor I and Annand, Dr John and Rosner, Professor Guenther
Authors: Oberle, M., Krusche, B., Ahrens, J., Annand, J.R.M., Arends, H.J., Bantawa, K., Bartolome, P.A., Beck, R., Bekrenev, V., Berghäuser, H., Braghieri, A., Branford, D., Briscoe, W.J., Brudvik, J., Cherepnya, S., Demissie, B., Dieterle, M., Downie, E.J., Drexler, P., Filʼkov, L.V., Fix, A., Glazier, D.I., Heid, E., Hornidge, D., Howdle, D., Huber, G.M., Jahn, O., Jaegle, I., Jude, T.C., Käser, A., Kashevarov, V.L., Keshelashvili, I., Kondratiev, R., Korolija, M., Kruglov, S.P., Kulbardis, A., Lisin, V., Livingston, K., MacGregor, I.J.D., Maghrbi, Y., Mancell, J., Manley, D.M., Marinides, Z., Martinez, M., McGeorge, J.C., McNicoll, E., Mekterovic, D., Metag, V., Micanovic, S., Middleton, D.G., Mushkarenkov, A., Nefkens, B.M.K., Nikolaev, A., Novotny, R., Ostrick, M., Oussena, B., Pedroni, P., Pheron, F., Polonski, A., Prakhov, S.N., Robinson, J., Rosner, G., Rostomyan, T., Schumann, S., Sikora, M.H., Sober, D.I., Starostin, A., Supek, I., Thiel, M., Thomas, A., Unverzagt, M., Watts, D.P., Werthmüller, D., Witthauer, L., and Zehr, F.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physics Letters B
Publisher:Elsevier BV
ISSN:0370-2693

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570711Nuclear Physics GroupDavid IrelandScience & Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)ST/J000175/1P&A - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY