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Particles and Fields
Eur. Phys. J. C 25, 603-613 (2002)
DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s2002-01025-2

Intrinsic polarized strangeness and $\Lambda ^0$ polarization in deep-inelastic production

J. Ellis1, A. Kotzinian2, 3 and D.V. Naumov3

1  CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
2  Yerevan Physics Institute, 375036, Yerevan, Armenia
3  JINR, Dubna, 141980, Russia


(Received: 25 May 2002 / Revised version: 8 June 2002 / Published online: 7 October 2002 )

Abstract
We propose a model for the longitudinal polarization of $\Lambda ^0$ baryons produced in deep-inelastic lepton scattering at any xF, based on static SU(6) quark-diquark wave functions and polarized intrinsic strangeness in the nucleon associated with individual valence quarks. The free parameters of the model are fixed by fitting NOMAD data on the longitudinal polarization of $\Lambda ^0$ hyperons in neutrino collisions. Our model correctly reproduces the observed dependences of the $\Lambda ^0$ polarization on the kinematic variables. Within the context of our model, the NOMAD data imply that the intrinsic strangeness associated with a valence quark has anticorrelated polarization. We also compare our model predictions with results from the HERMES and E665 experiments using charged leptons. Predictions of our model for the COMPASS experiment are also presented.



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