Perturbative and non-perturbative QCD corrections to wide-angle Compton scattering
Faculty of Human Development, Kobe University, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
2 Fachbereich Physik, Universität Wuppertal, 42097 Wuppertal, Germany
Revised: 11 December 2001
Published online: 8 February 2002
We investigate corrections to the handbag approach for wide-angle Compton scattering off protons at moderately large momentum transfer: the photon--parton subprocess is calculated to next-to-leading order in αs and contributions from the generalized parton distribution E are taken into account. Photon and proton helicity flip amplitudes are non-zero due to these corrections, which leads to a wealth of polarization phenomena in Compton scattering. Thus, for instance, the incoming photon asymmetry or the transverse polarization of the proton is non-zero, although small.
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