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Title: A polarized Drell-Yan experiment to probe the dynamics of the nucleon sea

In QCD, nucleon spin comes from the sum of the quark spin, gluon spin, and the quark and gluon orbital angular momentum, but how these different components contribute and the interplay among them is not yet understood. For instance, sea quark orbital contribution remains largely unexplored. Measurements of the Sivers function for the sea quarks will provide a probe of the sea quark orbital contribution. The upcoming E1039 experiment at Fermilab will measure the Sivers asymmetry of the sea quarks via the Drell-Yan process using a 120 GeV unpolarized proton beam directed a transversely polarized ammonia target. Lastly, we report on the status and plans of the E1039 polarized Drell-Yan experiment.
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X
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Accepted Manuscript
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AIP Conference Proceedings
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Journal Volume: 1654; Conference: Diffraction 2014, Primosten (Croatia), 10 Sep 2014; Journal ID: ISSN 0094-243X
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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; 43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS polarized Drell-Yan experiment; Sivers asymmetry; polarized target; quarks; gluons; nucleons; orbital dynamics; angular momentum