Gluon polarization in the nucleon from quasi-real photoproduction of high-pT hadron pairs Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a determination of the gluon polarization ΔG/G in the nucleon, based on the helicity asymmetry of quasi-real photoproduction events, Q2<1 (GeV/c)2, with a pair of large transverse-momentum hadrons in the final state. The data were obtained by the COMPASS experiment at CERN using a 160 GeV polarized muon beam scattered on a polarized 6LiD target. The helicity asymmetry for the selected events is 〈A∥/D〉=0.002±0.019(stat)±0.003(syst). From this value, we obtain in a leading-order QCD analysis ΔG/G=0.024±0. 089(stat)±0.057(syst) at xg=0.095 and μ2≃3 (GeV/c)2. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Collaboration, C., Ageev, E. S., Alexakhin, V. Y., Alexandrov, Y. u., Alexeev, G. D., Amoroso, A., ... Zvyagin, A.

citation count

  • 106

publication date

  • February 2006