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Volume 374 - Light Cone 2019 - QCD on the light cone: from hadrons to heavy ions (LC2019) - Contributed
Beam spin asymmetry benchmark in the spinless meson electroproduction off the scalar target
C.R. Ji,* H.M. Choi, A. Lundeen, B.L.G. Bakker
*corresponding author
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Pre-published on: 2020 May 19
Published on: 2020 May 26
We discuss the electroproduction of a spinless meson, i.e. pseudoscalar ($0^{-+}$) or scalar ($0^{++}$) meson, off the scalar target. The most general formulation of the differential cross section for the $0^{-+}$ or $0^{++}$ meson process involves only one or two hadronic form factors, respectively, on a scalar target. The Rosenbluth-type separation of the differential cross section provides the explicit relation between the hadronic form factors and the different parts of the differential cross section in a completely model-independent manner. The absence of the beam spin asymmetry for the pseudoscalar meson production provides a benchmark for the experimental data analysis. The measurement of the beam spin asymmetry for the scalar meson production may also provide a unique opportunity not only to explore the imaginary part of the hadronic amplitude in the general formulation but also to examine the significance of the chiral-odd generalized parton distribution (GPD) contribution in the leading-twist GPD formulation.
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