Effective field theory of nuclear forces

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The application of the effective field theory (EFT) method to nuclear systems is reviewed. The roles of degrees of freedom, QCD symmetries, power counting, renormalization, and potentials are discussed. EFTs are constructed for the various energy regimes of relevance in nuclear physics, and are used in systematic expansions to derive nuclear forces in terms of a number of parameters that embody information about QCD dynamics. Two-, three-, and many-nucleon systems, including external probes, are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-418
Number of pages82
JournalProgress in Particle and Nuclear Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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