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

Transverse target spin asymmetries on a proton target at COMPASS - on behalf of the COMPASS collaboration

Jul 18, 2009, 9:00 AM
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


Mr Andreas Richter (Physikalisches Institut IV, Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg)


Three distribution functions are needed to fully describe the nucleon at leading twist: the unpolarized distribution function q(x), the helicity distribution function $\Delta q(x)$ and the transversity spin distribution function $\Delta_T q(x)$. Transversity and transverse momentum-dependent parton distribution functions (TMDs) are been measured in semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering (SIDIS) by using a a transversely polarized target at the COMPASS experiment. COMPASS is a fixed target experiment at the CERN M2 beamline, which provides a 160 GeV/c polarized $\mu^+$ beam. In the years 2002-2004 COMPASS has collected data with the $^6$LiD target polarization oriented transversely with respect to the muon beam direction for about 20% of the running time, to measure these transverse spin effects. In 2007, COMPASS has used for the first time a proton NH$_3$ target with the data taking time equally shared between longitudinal and transverse polarization of the target. The Collins and Sivers asymmetry from the 2007 run will be presented and commented here; furthermore an overview of the results obtained with a deuteron target will also be given.

Primary author

Mr Andreas Richter (Physikalisches Institut IV, Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg)

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