Differential cross section and recoil polarization measurements for the gamma p -> K+ Lambda reaction using CLAS at Jefferson Lab

CLAS Collaboration, M. E. McCracken, M. Bellis, C. A. Meyer, M. Williams, K. P. Adhikari, M. Anghinolfi, J. Ball, M. Battaglieri, B. L. Berman, A. S. Biselli, D. Branford, W. J. Briscoe, W. K. Brooks, V. D. Burkert, S. L. Careccia, D. S. Carman, P. L. Cole, P. Collins, V. CredeA. D'Angelo, A. Daniel, N. Dashyan, R. De Vita, E. De Sanctis, A. Deur, B. Dey, S. Dhamija, R. Dickson, C. Djalali, D. Doughty, M. Dugger, R. Dupre, A. El Alaoui, P. Eugenio, S. Fegan, A. Fradi, M. Y. Gabrielyan, K. L. Giovanetti, F. X. Girod, J. T. Goetz, W. Gohn, R. W. Gothe, K. A. Griffioen, M. Guidal, K. Hafidi, H. Hakobyanm, C. Hanretty, N. Hassall, K. Hicks, D. Watts

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We present measurements of the differential cross section and Lambda recoil polarization for the gamma p -> K+ Lambda reaction made using the CLAS detector at Jefferson Lab. These measurements cover the center-of-mass energy range from 1.62 to 2.84 GeV and a wide range of center-of-mass K+ production angles. Independent analyses were performed using the K+ p pi(-) and K+ p (missing pi(-)) final-state topologies; results from these analyses were found to exhibit good agreement. These differential-cross-section measurements show excellent agreement with previous CLAS and LEPS results and offer increased precision and a 300-MeV increase in energy coverage. The recoil polarization data agree well with previous results and offer a large increase in precision and a 500-MeV extension in energy range. The increased center-of-mass energy range that these data represent will allow for independent study of nonresonant K+ Lambda photoproduction mechanisms at all production angles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025201
Pages (from-to)-
Number of pages20
JournalPhysical Review C
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

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