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We have measured the He3(e,e′pp)n reaction at an incident energy of 4.7 GeV over a wide kinematic range. We identified spectator correlated pp and pn nucleon pairs by using kinematic cuts and measured their relative and total momentum distributions. This is the first measurement of the ratio of pp to pn pairs as a function of pair total momentum ptot. For pair relative momenta between 0.3 and 0.5  GeV/c, the ratio is very small at low ptot and rises to approximately 0.5 at large ptot. This shows the dominance of tensor over central correlations at this relative momentum.


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Physical Review Letters

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H. Baghdasaryan et al. [CLAS Collaboration], "Tensor Correlations Measured in 3He(e,e′pp)n," Physical Review Letters 105.22 (2010) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.222501



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