Hadronic production of massive muon pairs: Dependence on incident-particle type and on target nucleus

J. G. Branson, G. H. Sanders, A. J.S. Smith, J. J. Thaler, K. J. Anderson, G. G. Henry, K. T. McDonald, J. E. Pilcher, E. I. Rosenberg

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Abstract

Data from a study of muon pairs produced in hadron-nucleus collisions are compared with the Drell-Yan model. Comparison of dimuon production by π+ and π- mesons on an isoscalar target shows evidence for a charge asymmetry characteristic of an isospin-nonconserving electromagnetic process. The average transverse momentum of the pairs increases smoothly with pair mass. Data taken on carbon and tin targets are used to extract the dependence on target atomic weight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1334-1337
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume38
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

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    Branson, J. G., Sanders, G. H., Smith, A. J. S., Thaler, J. J., Anderson, K. J., Henry, G. G., McDonald, K. T., Pilcher, J. E., & Rosenberg, E. I. (1977). Hadronic production of massive muon pairs: Dependence on incident-particle type and on target nucleus. Physical review letters, 38(23), 1334-1337. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.38.1334