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Probing the strange nature of the nucleon with phi photoproduction

Description: The presence inside the nucleon of a significant component of strange-antistrange quark pairs has been invoked to explain a number of current puzzles in the low energy realm of QCD. The {sigma} term in {pi}N scattering is a venerable conundrum which can be explained with a 10%--20% admixture. The spin crisis brought on by the EMC result and follow on experiments was first interpreted as requiring a large strange content of s quarks whose spin helped cancel the contribution of the u and d quarks to the nucleon spin, again of order 10%. Excess phi meson production in p{anti p} annihilation at LEAR has also been explained in terms of up to a 19% admixture of s{anti s} pairs. Charm production in deep-inelastic neutrino scattering would appear to provide evidence for a 3% strange sea. It is clear that a definite probe of the strange quark content would be an invaluable tool in unraveling a number of mysteries. The longitudinal beam target asymmetry in {psi} photoproduction is a particularly sensitive probe of that content. It is explored here.
Date: March 6, 1997
Creator: Lowry, M.M.
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