Timelike Compton scattering: exclusive photoproduction of lepton pairs
CPHT, École Polytechnique, 91128, Palaiseau, France
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton DESY, 22603, Hamburg, Germany
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Published online: 5 April 2002
We investigate the exclusive photoproduction of a heavy timelike photon which decays into a lepton pair, . This can be seen as the analog of deeply virtual Compton scattering, and we argue that the two processes are complementary for studying generalized parton distributions in the nucleon. In an unpolarized experiment the angular distribution of the leptons readily provides access to the real part of the Compton amplitude. We estimate the possible size of this effect in kinematics where the Compton process should be dominated by quark exchange.
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