PoS - Proceedings of Science
Volume 414 - 41st International Conference on High Energy physics (ICHEP2022) - Strong interactions and Hadron Physics
Hard exclusive $\pi^{0}$ muoproduction at COMPASS
M. Peskova*, K. Lavickova, N. d'Hose  on behalf of the COMPASS Collaboration
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Pre-published on: January 12, 2023
Published on: June 15, 2023
Hard Exclusive Meson Production and Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering (DVCS) are widely used reactions to study Generalized Parton Distributions (GPDs). Investigation of GPDs represents one of the main goals of the COMPASS-II program. Measurements of the exclusive processes were performed at COMPASS in 2016 and 2017 at the M2 beamline of the CERN SPS using the 160 GeV/$c$ muon beam scattering off a 2.5m long liquid hydrogen target surrounded by a barrel-shaped time-of-flight system to detect the recoiling target proton. The scattered muons and the produced real photons were detected by the COMPASS spectrometer, supplemented by an additional electromagnetic calorimeter for the detection of large-angle photons.

Exclusive $\pi^{0}$ production is the main source of background for DVCS process, while it provides complementary information for parametrisation of GPDs. We will report on preliminary results on exclusive $\pi^{0}$ production cross-section and its dependence on the squared four-momentum transfer $|t|$ and on the azimuthal angle $\phi$ between the scattering plane and the $\pi^{0}$ production plane. The results will provide a further input to phenomenological models for constraining GPDs, in particular chiral-odd (“transversity”) GPDs.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22323/1.414.0832
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