Jul 16 – 22, 2009
Kraków, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone

SDMEs in exclusive rho^0 electroproduction

Jul 17, 2009, 2:30 PM
Exhibition room B (Kraków, Poland)

Exhibition room B

Kraków, Poland

The Auditorium Maximum of the Jagiellonian University 33 Krupnicza Street 31-123 Kraków
QCD in hadronic physics VI. QCD in Hadronic Physics


Dr Alexander Borissov (DESY)


Spin Density Matrix Elements (SDMEs) describing the angular distribution of exclusive rho^0 electroproduction and decay are determined in the HERMES experiment with 27.6 GeV beam energy on unpolarized hydrogen and deuterium targets, and on transversely polarized hydrogen target. Those are extracted in the kinematic region 1 < Q^2 < 7 GeV^2, 3 < W < 6.3 GeV, and -t < 0.4 GeV^2. Within the given experimental uncertainties, a hierarchy of relative sizes of helicity amplitudes is observed. A small but statistically significant deviation from the hypothesis of s-channel helicity conservation is observed. An indication is seen of a contribution of unnatural-parity-exchange amplitudes; these amplitudes are naturally generated with a quark-exchange mechanism.

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