NN correlations measured in 3He(e, e'pp)n
Physics Department, Old Dominion University, VA 23529, Norfolk, USA
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We have measured the 3He (e, e'pp)n reaction in the Jefferson Lab CLAS with 2.2 and 4.4 GeV electrons. We looked at the energy distribution of events with all three nucleons at high momentum (p > 250 MeV/c). This distribution has peaks where two nucleons each have 20% or less of the energy transfer (i.e., the third or ?leading? nucleon carries most of the kinetic energy). The angular distribution of these two ?fast? nucleons shows a very large back-to-back peak, indicating the effect of correlations. While there is some theoretical disagreement, experimental evidence, plus calculations at lower energy by W. Glöckle, indicates that these events are primarily sensitive to NN correlations.
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