Monday, May 27, 2013

1305.5715 (Daren Zhou et al.)

Polarization observables in low-energy antiproton-proton scattering    [PDF]

Daren Zhou, Rob G. E. Timmermans
We investigate the polarization parameters in low-energy antiproton-proton elastic ($\bar{p}p\rightarrow\bar{p}p$) and charge-exchange ($\bar{p}p\rightarrow\bar{n}n$) scattering. The predictions for unmeasured observables are based on our new energy-dependent partial-wave analysis of all antiproton-proton scattering data below 925 MeV/$c$ antiproton laboratory momentum, which gives an optimal description of the existing database. Sizable and remarkable spin effects are observed, in particular for charge-exchange scattering. These result from the spin dependence of the long- and medium-range one- and two-pion exchange antinucleon-nucleon potential and the state dependence of the parametrized short-range interaction. We study the possibility of polarizing a circulating antiproton beam with a polarized proton target by exploiting the spin dependence of the $\bar{p}p$ total cross section. It appears feasible to achieve a significant transverse polarization of an antiproton beam within a reasonable time.
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