ZhETF, Vol. 144,
p. 60 (July 2013)
(English translation - JETP,
Vol. 117, No. 1,
available online at www.springer.com
ANALYSIS OF TRIPLET PRODUCTION BY A CIRCULARLY POLARIZED PHOTON AT HIGH ENERGIES
Gakh G.I., Konchatnij M.I., Levandovsky I.S., Merenkov N.P.
Received: October 4, 2012
The possibility in principle of determining the circular polarization of a high-energy photon by measuring the created electron polarization in the process of triplet photoproduction is investigated. The respective event number, which depends on polarization states of the photon and the created electron, does not decrease as the photon energy increases, and this circumstance can ensure the high efficiency in such experiments. We study different double and single distributions of the created electron (or positron), which allow probing the photon circular polarization and measuring its magnitude (the Stokes parameter ξ2) using the technique of Sudakov variables. Some experimental setups with different rules for event selection are studied and the corresponding numerical estimations are presented.