Generalized universality of higher transverse moments of quark transverse momentum dependent correlators

M.G.A. Buffing, A. Mukherjee, P.J.G. Mulders

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Abstract

The color gauge-invariant transverse momentum dependent (TMD) quark correlators contain process dependent gauge links in the bilocal matrix elements. In this paper, we split these process dependent correlators into universal TMD correlators, which in turn can be parametrized in universal TMD distribution functions. The process dependence is contained in gluonic pole factors, of which the value is determined by the gauge link. The operator structures of the universal TMD correlators are identified using transverse moments. In this paper, specific results for double transverse weighting of quark TMDs are given. In particular, we show that for a spin 1/2 target one has three universal time-reversal even leading "pretzelocity distributions," two of which involve double gluonic pole matrix elements and come with process dependent gluonic pole factors. We generalize the results for single and double weighting to TMD correlators of any specific rank, illustrating it for unpolarized, spin 1/2 and spin1 targets. © 2012 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number74030
JournalPhysical Review D
Volume86
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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