Measurement of the beam-spin azimuthal asymmetry associated with deeply-virtual compton scattering

HERMES Collaboration

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The beam-spin asymmetry in hard electroproduction of photons has been measured. The data have been accumulated by the HERMES experiment at DESY using the HERA 27.6 GeV longitudinally polarized positron beam and an unpolarized hydrogen-gas target. The asymmetry in the azimuthal distribution of the produced photons in the angle φ relative to the lepton scattering plane was determined with respect to the helicity state of the incoming positron beam. The beam-spin analyzing power in the sinφ moment was measured to be -0.23±0.04(stat)±0.03(syst) in the missing-mass range below 1.7 GeV. The observed asymmetry is attributed to the interference of the Bethe-Heitler and deeply virtual Compton scattering processes.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume87
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

    Fingerprint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Cite this