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Physical Review D 88 (2012) 032006
Inclusive cross section and single-transverse-spin asymmetry for very forward neutron production in polarized p+p collisions at sqrt(s)=200 GeV
A. Adare, L. Aphecetche1, A. Hadj Henni1, E.T. Atomssa2, D. d'Enterria2, O. Drapier2, F. Fleuret2, M. Gonin2, R. Granier de Cassagnac2, A. Rakotozafindrabe2, V.-N. Tram2, G. Roche3, P. Rosnet3
For the PHENIX collaboration(s)

The energy dependence of the single-transverse-spin asymmetry, A_N, and the cross section for neutron production at very forward angles were measured in the PHENIX experiment at RHIC for polarized p+p collisions at sqrt(s)=200 GeV. The neutrons were observed in forward detectors covering an angular range of up to 2.2 mrad. We report results for neutrons with momentum fraction of x_F=0.45 to 1.0. The energy dependence of the measured cross sections were consistent with x_F scaling, compared to measurements by an ISR experiment which measured neutron production in unpolarized p+p collisions at sqrt(s)=30.6--62.7 GeV. The cross sections for large x_F neutron production for p+p collisions, as well as those in e+p collisions measured at HERA, are described by a pion exchange mechanism. The observed forward neutron asymmetries were large, reaching A_N=-0.08+/-0.02 for x_F=0.8; the measured backward asymmetries, for negative x_F, were consistent with zero. The observed asymmetry for forward neutron production is discussed within the pion exchange framework, with interference between the spin-flip amplitude due to the pion exchange and nonflip amplitudes from all Reggeon exchanges. Within the pion exchange description, the measured neutron asymmetry is sensitive to the contribution of other Reggeon exchanges even for small amplitudes.
1:  SUBATECH - Laboratoire SUBATECH Nantes
2:  LLR - Laboratoire Leprince-Ringuet
3:  LPC - Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire [Clermont-Ferrand]
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