Gluon polarisation in the nucleon and longitudinal double spin asymmetries from open charm muoproduction

M. Alekseev, V. Yu Alexakhin, Yu Alexandrov, G. D. Alexeev, A. Amoroso, A. Austregisilio, B. Badełek, F. Balestra, J. Ball, J. Barth, G. Baum, Y. Bedfer, J. Bernhard, R. Bertini, M. Bettinelli, R. Birsa, J. Bisplinghoff, P. Bordalo, F. Bradamante, A. BravarA. Bressan, G. Brona, E. Burtin, M. P. Bussa, A. Chapiro, M. Chiosso, S. U. Chung, A. Cicuttin, M. Colantoni, M. L. Crespo, S. Dalla Torre, T. Dafni, S. Das, S. S. Dasgupta, O. Yu Denisov, L. Dhara, V. Diaz, A. M. Dinkelbach, S. V. Donskov, N. Doshita, V. Duic, W. Dünnweber, A. Efremov, A. El Alaoui, P. D. Eversheim, W. Eyrich, M. Faessler, A. Ferrero, M. Finger, M. Finger, H. Fischer, C. Franco, J. M. Friedrich, R. Garfagnini, F. Gautheron, O. P. Gavrichtchouk, R. Gazda, S. Gerassimov, R. Geyer, M. Giorgi, B. Gobbo, S. Goertz, S. Grabmüller, O. A. Grajek, A. Grasso, B. Grube, R. Gushterski, A. Guskov, F. Haas, R. Hagemann, D. von Harrach, T. Hasegawa, J. Heckmann, F. H. Heinsius, R. Hermann, F. Herrmann, C. Heß, F. Hinterberger, M. von Hodenberg, N. Horikawa, Ch Höppner, N. d'Hose, C. Ilgner, S. Ishimoto, O. Ivanov, Yu Ivanshin, T. Iwata, R. Jahn, P. Jasinski, G. Jegou, R. Joosten, E. Kabuß, W. Käfer, D. Kang, B. Ketzer, G. V. Khaustov, Yu A. Khokhlov, J. Kiefer, Yu Kisselev, F. Klein, K. Klimaszewski, S. Koblitz, J. H. Koivuniemi, V. N. Kolosov, E. V. Komissarov, K. Kondo, K. Königsmann, I. Konorov, V. F. Konstantinov, A. Korzenev, A. M. Kotzinian, O. Kouznetsov, K. Kowalik, M. Krämer, A. Kral, Z. V. Kroumchtein, R. Kuhn, F. Kunne, K. Kurek, J. M. Le Goff, A. A. Lednev, A. Lehmann, S. Levorato, J. Lichtenstadt, T. Liska, A. Maggiora, M. Maggiora, A. Magnon, G. K. Mallot, A. Mann, C. Marchand, J. Marroncle, A. Martin, J. Marzec, F. Massmann, T. Matsuda, A. N. Maximov, W. Meyer, T. Michigami, Yu V. Mikhailov, M. A. Moinester, A. Mutter, A. Nagaytsev, T. Nagel, J. Nassalski, S. Negrini, F. Nerling, S. Neubert, D. Neyret, V. I. Nikolaenko, A. G. Olshevsky, M. Ostrick, A. Padee, R. Panknin, S. Panebianco, D. Panzieri, B. Parsamyan, S. Paul, B. Pawlukiewicz-Kaminska, E. Perevalova, G. Pesaro, D. V. Peshekhonov, G. Piragino, S. Platchkov, J. Pochodzalla, J. Polak, V. A. Polyakov, G. Pontecorvo, J. Pretz, C. Quintans, J. F. Rajotte, S. Ramos, V. Rapatsky, G. Reicherz, D. Reggiani, A. Richter, F. Robinet, E. Rocco, E. Rondio, D. I. Ryabchikov, V. D. Samoylenko, A. Sandacz, H. Santos, M. G. Sapozhnikov, S. Sarkar, I. A. Savin, G. Sbrizza, P. Schiavon, C. Schill, L. Schmitt, W. Schröder, O. Yu Shevchenko, H. W. Siebert, L. Silva, L. Sinha, A. N. Sissakian, M. Slunecka, G. I. Smirnov, S. Sosio, F. Sozzi, A. Srnka, M. Stolarski, M. Sulc, R. Sulej, S. Takekawa, S. Tessaro, F. Tessarotto, A. Teufel, L. G. Tkatchev, G. Venugopal, M. Virius, N. V. Vlassov, A. Vossen, Q. Weitzel, K. Wenzl, R. Windmolders, W. Wiślicki, H. Wollny, K. Zaremba, M. Zavertyaev, E. Zemlyanichkina, M. Ziembicki, J. Zhao, N. Zhuravlev, A. Zvyagin

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Abstract

The gluon polarisation in the nucleon has been determined by detecting charm production via D 0 meson decay to charged K and π in polarised muon scattering off a longitudinally polarised deuteron target. The data were taken by the COMPASS Collaboration at CERN between 2002 and 2006 and correspond to an integrated luminosity of 2.8 fb -1. The dominant underlying process of charm production is the photon-gluon fusion to a c over(c, ̄) pair. A leading order QCD approach gives an average gluon polarisation of 〈 Δ g / g 〉 x = - 0.49 ± 0.27 (stat) ± 0.11 (syst) at a scale μ 2 ≈ 13   (GeV / c) 2 and at an average gluon momentum fraction 〈 x 〉 ≈ 0.11. The longitudinal cross-section asymmetry for D 0 production is presented in bins of the transverse momentum and the energy of the D 0 meson.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics Letters B
Volume676
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Asymmetry
  • Gluon polarisation
  • Inelastic muon scattering
  • Spin

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