Publication
Title
Diffractive electroproduction of and mesons at HERA
Author
Institution/Organisation
H1 Collaboration
Abstract
Diffractive electroproduction of ρ and ϕ mesons is measured at HERA with the H1 detector in the elastic and proton dissociative channels. The data correspond to an integrated luminosity of 51 pb−1. About 10500 ρ and 2000 φ events are analysed in the kinematic range of squared photon virtuality 2.5 ≤ Q 2 ≤ 60 GeV2, photon-proton centre of mass energy 35 ≤ W ≤ 180 GeV and squared four-momentum transfer to the proton |t| ≤ 3 GeV2. The total, longitudinal and transverse cross sections are measured as a function of Q 2, W and |t|. The measurements show a transition to a dominantly hard behaviour, typical of high gluon densities and small $$ q\overline q $$ dipoles, for Q 2 larger than 10 to 20 GeV2. They support flavour independence of the diffractive exchange, expressed in terms of the scaling variable (Q 2+M 2 V )/4, and proton vertex factorisation. The spin density matrix elements are measured as a function of kinematic variables. The ratio of the longitudinal to transverse cross sections, the ratio of the helicity amplitudes and their relative phases are extracted. Several of these measurements have not been performed before and bring new information on the dynamics of diffraction in a QCD framework. The measurements are discussed in the context of models using generalised parton distributions or universal dipole cross sections.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of high energy physics. - Bristol
Publication
Bristol : 2010
ISSN
1126-6708
1029-8479 [online]
Volume/pages
5(2010), p. 32,1-32,111
ISI
000278251300016
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UAntwerpen
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External links
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Last edited 14.04.2017
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