Apr 3 – 7, 2017
University of Birmingham
Europe/London timezone

Deuteron spin structure in inclusive and tagged spectator processes in the virtual nucleon approximation

Apr 6, 2017, 11:00 AM
Nuffield Building G13

Nuffield Building G13

WG6) Spin and 3D Structure WG6 and WG7 joint session


Wim Cosyn


We discuss a model based on the virtual nucleon approximation used to describe DIS from a polarized deuteron. As the deuteron is a spin 1 hadron, it gives rise to additional observables compared to the spin 1/2 nucleon that provide new opportunities for spin studies.
For inclusive processes we concentrate on the $A_{zz}$ observable which can be connected to the tensor $b_1$ structure function. We discuss the importance of higher twist contributions in Hermes and Jlab12 kinematics and show estimates for the effect of nuclear final-state interactions.
For tagged spectator processes, we derive the general form of the SIDIS cross section for a polarized spin 1 target. Through the technique of "pole extrapolation", this process could enable high-precision, model independent extraction of neutron (spin) structure at an electron-ion collider with polarized deuteron beams. Simulations are shown that support this.

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Wim Cosyn

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