On the physics potential to study the gluon content of proton and deuteron at NICA SPD

A. Arbuzov, A. Bacchetta, M. Butenschoen, F. G. Celiberto, U. D'Alesio, M. Deka, I. Denisenko, M. G. Echevarria, A. Efremov, N. Ya Ivanov, A. Guskov, A. Karpishkov, Ya Klopot, B. A. Kniehl, A. Kotzinian, S. Kumano, J. P. Lansberg, Keh Fei Liu, F. Murgia, M. NefedovB. Parsamyan, C. Pisano, M. Radici, A. Rymbekova, V. Saleev, A. Shipilova, Qin Tao Song, O. Teryaev

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The Spin Physics Detector (SPD) is a future multipurpose experiment foreseen to run at the NICA collider, which is currently under construction at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR, Dubna, Russia). The physics program of the experiment is based on collisions of longitudinally and transversely polarized protons and deuterons at s up to 27 GeV and luminosity up to 1032 cm−2 s−1. SPD will operate as a universal facility for the comprehensive study of the unpolarized and polarized gluon content of the nucleon, using complementary probes such as: charmonia, open-charm, and prompt-photon production processes. The aim of this work is to provide a thorough review of the physics objectives that can potentially be addressed at SPD, underlining related theoretical aspects and discussing relevant experimental results when available. Among different pertinent phenomena particular attention is drawn to the study of the gluon helicity, gluon Sivers and Boer-Mulders functions in the nucleon, as well as the gluon transversity distribution in the deuteron, via the measurement of single and double spin asymmetries.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103858
JournalProgress in Particle and Nuclear Physics
StatePublished - Jul 2021

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  • Gluon TMD PDFs
  • Polarized hadron collisions
  • Proton and deuteron spin structure
  • QCD
  • Spin asymmetries
  • TMD factorization

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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