Title

Induced polarization of Lambda(1116) in kaon electroproduction

Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Physics

Journal Title

Physical Review C

Pub Date

2014

Publisher

90

Issue

3

Abstract

We have measured. the induced polarization of the Lambda(1116) in the reaction ep -> e' K+ Lambda, detecting the scattered e' and K+ in the final state along with the proton from the decay Lambda -> p pi(-). The present study used the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS), which allowed for a large kinematic acceptance in invariant energy W (1.6 <= W <= 2.7 GeV) and covered the full range of the kaon production angle at an average momentum transfer Q(2) = 1.90 GeV2. In this experiment a 5.50-GeV electron beam was incident upon an unpolarized liquid-hydrogen target. We have mapped out the W and kaon production angle dependencies of the induced polarization and found striking differences from photoproduction data over most of the kinematic range studied. However, we also found that the induced polarization is essentially Q(2) independent in our kinematic domain, suggesting that somewhere below the Q(2) covered here there must be a strong Q(2) dependence. Along with previously published photo-and electroproduction cross sections and polarization observables, these data are needed for the development of models, such as effective field theories, and as input to coupled-channel analyses that can provide evidence of previously unobserved s-channel resonances.

DOI

10.1103/PhysRevC.90.035202

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