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Target and beam-target spin asymmetries in exclusive pion electroproduction for Q$^2$ > 1 GeV$^2$ . II. ep → e$\pi$$^0$p

Abstract : Beam-target double-spin asymmetries and target single-spin asymmetries were measured for the exclusive pi(0) electroproduction reaction. gamma(*) p -> p pi(0), expanding an analysis of the. gamma(*) p -> n pi(+) reaction from the same experiment. The results were obtained from scattering of 6-GeV longitudinally polarized electrons off longitudinally polarized protons using the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer at Jefferson Laboratory. The kinematic ranges covered are 1.1 < W < 3 GeV and 1 < Q(2) < 6 GeV2. Results were obtained for about 5700 bins in W, Q(2), cos(theta(*)), and phi(*). The beam-target asymmetries were found to generally be greater than zero, with relatively modest phi(*) dependence. The target asymmetries exhibit very strong phi(*) dependence, with a change in sign occurring between results at low W and high W, in contrast to pi(+) electroproduction. Reasonable agreement is found with phenomenological fits to previous data for W < 1.6 GeV, but significant differences are seen at higherW. When combined with cross-sectional measurements, as well as pi(+) observables, the present results will provide powerful constraints on nucleon resonance amplitudes at moderate and large values of Q(2), for resonances with masses as high as 2.4 GeV.
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P Bosted, Seungmin Kim, P Adhikari, N Adikaram, S Akbar, et al.. Target and beam-target spin asymmetries in exclusive pion electroproduction for Q$^2$ > 1 GeV$^2$ . II. ep → e$\pi$$^0$p. Physical Review C, American Physical Society, 2017, 95, pp.035207. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevC.95.035207⟩. ⟨cea-01535896⟩

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