Single spin asymmetry AN in polarized proton-proton elastic scattering at s=200GeV

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Abstract

We report a high precision measurement of the transverse single spin asymmetry AN at the center of mass energy s=200GeV in elastic proton-proton scattering by the STAR experiment at RHIC. The AN was measured in the four-momentum transfer squared t range 0.003≤|t|≤0.035(GeV/c)2, the region of a significant interference between the electromagnetic and hadronic scattering amplitudes. The measured values of AN and its t-dependence are consistent with a vanishing hadronic spin-flip amplitude, thus providing strong constraints on the ratio of the single spin-flip to the non-flip amplitudes. Since the hadronic amplitude is dominated by the Pomeron amplitude at this s, we conclude that this measurement addresses the question about the presence of a hadronic spin flip due to the Pomeron exchange in polarized proton-proton elastic scattering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-69
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume719
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 12 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the RHIC Operations Group and RCF at BNL , the NERSC Center at LBNL and the Open Science Grid consortium for providing resources and support. This work was supported in part by the Offices of NP and HEP within the US DOE Office of Science , the US NSF , the Sloan Foundation , CNRS/IN2P3 , FAPESP CNPq of Brazil , Ministry of Ed. and Sci. of the Russian Federation , NNSFC , CAS , MoST , and MoE of China , GA and MSMT of the Czech Republic , FOM and NWO of the Netherlands , DAE , DST , and CSIR of India , Polish Ministry of Sci. and Higher Ed. , National Research Foundation ( NRF-2012004024 ), Ministry of Sci., Ed. and Sports of the Rep. of Croatia , and RosAtom of Russia .

Keywords

  • Elastic scattering
  • Polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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