Transverse single spin asymmetry in elastic electron-proton scatteringM. Gorchtein1, P.A.M. Guichon2 and M. Vanderhaeghen3
1 Università di Genova and Sezione INFN di Genova, 16146 Genova, Italy
2 SPhN/DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif sur Yvette, France
3 College of William and Mary & Jefferson Laboratory, Newport News, VA 23606, USA
(Received 15 October 2004 / Published online 08 February 2005)
We discuss the two-photon exchange contribution to observables which involve lepton helicity flip in elastic lepton-nucleon scattering. This contribution is accessed through the single spin asymmetry for a lepton beam polarized normal to the scattering plane. We estimate this beam normal spin asymmetry at large momentum transfer using a parton model and we express the corresponding amplitude in terms of generalized parton distributions.
PACS: 25.30.Bf Elastic electron scattering - 12.38.Bx Perturbative calculations - 13.40Gp Electromagnetic form factors
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