Cross section measurements of charged pion photoproduction in hydrogen and deuterium from 1.1 to 5.5 GeV

L. Y. Zhu, J. Arrington, T. Averett, E. Beise, J. Calarco, T. Chang, J. P. Chen, E. Chudakov, M. Coman, B. Clasie, C. Crawford, S. Dieterich, F. Dohrmann, D. Dutta, K. Fissum, S. Frullani, H. Gao, R. Gilman, C. Glashausser, J. GomezK. Hafidi, O. Hansen, D. W. Higinbotham, R. J. Holt, C. W. De Jager, X. Jiang, E. Kinney, K. Kramer, G. Kumbartzki, J. LeRose, N. Liyanage, D. Mack, P. Markowitz, K. McCormick, D. Meekins, Z. E. Meziani, R. Michaels, J. Mitchell, S. Nanda, D. Potterveld, R. Ransome, P. E. Reimer, B. Reitz, A. Saha, E. C. Schulte, J. Seely, S. Širca, S. Strauch, V. Sulkosky, B. Vlahovic, L. B. Weinstein, K. Wijesooriya, C. Williamson, B. Wojtsekhowski, H. Xiang, F. Xiong, W. Xu, J. Zeng, X. Zheng

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The differential cross sections for the γn → π-p and the γp → π+n processes were measured at Jefferson Lab. The photon energies ranged from 1.1 to 5.5 GeV, corresponding to center-of-mass energies from 1.7 to 3.4 GeV. The pion center-of-mass angles varied from 50° to 110°. The π- and π+ photoproduction data both exhibit a global scaling behavior at high energies and high transverse momenta, consistent with the constituent counting rule prediction and the existing π+ data. The data suggest possible substructure of the scaling behavior, which might be oscillations around the scaling value. The data show an enhancement in the scaled cross section at center-of-mass energy near 2.2 GeV The differential cross section ratios [dσ/dt(γn → π-p)/dσ/dt(γp → π+n)] at high energies and high transverse momenta can be described by calculations based on one-hard-gluon-exchange diagrams.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044603
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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