Signatures of the handbag mechanism in wide-angle photoproduction of pseudoscalar mesons
Department of Physics, University of Colorado, CO 80309-0390, Boulder, USA
2 Fachbereich Physik, Universität Wuppertal, 42097, Wuppertal, Germany
3 Theoretical Physics Division, Rudjer Bošković Institute, 10002, Zagreb, Croatia
Wide-angle photoproduction of pseudoscalar mesons is investigated under the assumption of dominance of the handbag mechanism, considering both quark helicity flip and non-flip. The partonic subprocess, meson photoproduction off quarks, is analysed with the help of a covariant decomposition of the subprocess amplitudes which is independent of a specific meson generation mechanism. As examples of subprocess dynamics, however, the twist-2 as well as two-particle twist-3 contributions are explicitly calculated. Characteristic features of the handbag approach are discussed in dependence upon the relative magnitudes of the invariant functions. Differential cross sections and spin correlations are predicted to show a characteristic behaviour which allows one to test the underlying assumption of handbag dominance.
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