Polarized Drell-Yan studies at COMPASS
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a e-mail: Catarina.Quintans@cern.ch
Published online: 20 March 2014
The COMPASS experiment at CERN will soon start a new series of measurements using a pion beam and a transversely polarized target. The study of the polarized Drell-Yan process will provide an insight of the transverse momentum dependent parton distribution functions (TMDs), which is complementary to their extraction from semi-inclusive deep inelastic scattering (SIDIS), previously measured in COMPASS. The sign change of Sivers and Boer-Mulders TMDs, when accessed from SIDIS or Drell-Yan, is predicted by theory. Its experimental observation is considered an essential test of the TMD approach.
The experimental aspects of the Drell-Yan measurement in COMPASS are discussed. The set-up optimization, driven by the results of several beam tests are presented, as well as the expected event rates and statistical errors of the azimuthal asymmetries.
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