Nucleon polarizabilities from low-energy Compton scattering

S. R. Beane, M. Malheiro, J. A. McGovern, D. R. Phillips, U. Van Kolck

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An effective field theory is used to give a model-independent description of Compton scattering at energies comparable to the pion mass. The amplitudes for scattering on the proton and the deuteron, calculated to fourth order in small momenta in chiral perturbation theory, contain four undetermined parameters that are in one-to-one correspondence with the nucleon polarizabilities. These polarizabilities are extracted from fits to data on elastic photon scattering on hydrogen and deuterium. For the proton we find: αp = (12.1 ± 1.1)-0.5+0.5 × 10-4 fm3, βp= (3.4 ± 1.1) -0.1+0.1 × 10-4 fm3. For the isoscalar polarizabilities we obtain: αN = (9.0 ± 1.5)-0.8+3.6 × 10-4 fm3, βN = (1.7 ± 1.5)-0.6+1.4 × 10-4 fm3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-206
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 14 2003

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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