Measurement of diffractive scattering of photons with large momentum transfer at HERA

Aaron F., Alexa C., Andreev V., Antunovic B., Aplin S., Asmone A., ...More

Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics, vol.672, no.3, pp.219-226, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The first measurement of diffractive scattering of quasi-real photons with large momentum transfer γ p → γ Y, where Y is the proton dissociative system, is made using the H1 detector at HERA. The measurement is performed for initial photon virtualities Q 2 < 0.01 GeV 2. Single differential cross sections are measured as a function of W, the incident photon-proton centre of mass energy, and t, the square of the four-momentum transferred at the proton vertex, in the range 175 < W < 247 GeV and 4 < | t | < 36 GeV 2. The W dependence is well described by a model based on perturbative QCD using a leading logarithmic approximation of the BFKL evolution. The measured | t | dependence is harder than that predicted by the model and those observed in exclusive vector meson production. © 2009.