How could quark polarization be measured

Efremov, A. V.
March 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 508 Issue 1, p152
Academic Journal
The perspectives of two new nonstandard methods of transversal quark polarization measurement are considered: the jet handedness and the so-called “Collins effect” due to spin dependent T-odd fragmentation function responsible for the left-right asymmetry in fragmenting of transversally polarized quarks. Recent experimental indications in favor of these effects are observed: 1. The correlation of the T-odd one-particle fragmentation functions found by DELPHI in Z→2-jet decay. Integrated over the fraction of longitudinal and transversal momenta, this correlation is of 1.6% order, which means order of 13% for the analyzing power. 2. A rather large (approx. 10%) handedness transversal to the production plane observed in the diffractive production of (π[sup -]π[sup +]π[sup -]) triples from nuclei by the 40 GeV/c π[sup -]-beam. It shows a clear dynamic origin and resembles the single spin asymmetry behavior. All this makes us hope to use these effects in polarized DIS experiments for transversity measurement. The first estimation of transversity was done by using the azimuthal asymmetry in semi-inclusive DIS recently measured by HERMES and SMC. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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