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Physical Review C






034001 (1-6)


Short range correlated nucleon-nucleon (NN) pairs are an important part of the nuclear ground state. They are typically studied by scattering an electron from one nucleon in the pair and detecting its spectator correlated partner (“spectator-nucleon tagging”). The Electron Ion Collider (EIC) should be able to detect these nucleons, since they are boosted to high momentum in the laboratory frame by the momentum of the ion beam. To determine the feasibility of these studies with the planned EIC detector configuration, we have simulated quasielastic scattering for two electron and ion beam energy configurations: 5 GeV e− and 41 GeV/A ions, and 10 GeV e− and 110 GeV/A ions. We show that the knocked-out and recoiling nucleons can be detected over a wide range of initial nucleon momenta. We also show that these measurements can achieve much larger momentum transfers than current fixed target experiments. By detecting both low and high initial-momentum nucleons, the planned EIC has the potential to provide the data that should allow scientists to definitively show if the European Muon Collaboration effect and short-range correlation are connected, and to improve our understanding of color transparency.


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Hauenstein, F., Jentsch, A., Pybus, J.R., ... Morozov, V., Romanov, D., & Weinstein, L.B. (2022) Measuring recoiling nucleons from the nucleus with the future electron ion collider. Physical Review C, 105(3) 1-6, Article 034001.


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