We report on a precise measurement of double-polarization asymmetries in electron-induced breakup of 3He proceeding to pd and ppn final states, performed in quasi-elastic kinematics at Q2 = 0.25(GeV/c)2 for missing momenta up to 250MeV/c. These observables represent highly sensitive tools to investigate the electromagnetic and spin structure of 3He and the relative importance of two- and three-body effects involved in the breakup reaction dynamics. The measured asymmetries cannot be satisfactorily reproduced by state-of-the-art calculations of 3He unless their three-body segment is adjusted, indicating that the spin-dependent part of the nuclear interaction governing the three-body breakup process is much smaller than previously thought.

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Published in Physics Letters B, v. 788, p. 117-121.

© 2018 The Author. Published by Elsevier B.V.

This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Due to the large number of authors, only the first 30 and the authors affiliated with the University of Kentucky are listed in the author section above. For the complete list of authors, please download this article or visit: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2018.10.063

This group of authors is collectively known as The Jefferson Lab Hall A Collaboration.

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Funded by SCOAP3.

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, operates Jefferson Lab for the U.S. DOE under U.S. DOE contract DE-AC05-06OR23177. This work was supported in part by the Slovenian Research Agency (research core funding No. P1–0102). This work is a part of the LENPIC project and was supported by the Polish National Science Centre under Grants No. 2016/22/M/ST2/00173 and 2016/21/D/ST2/01120.

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