Thursday, April 18, 2013

1304.4855 (Cesar Fernandez-Ramirez)

The Upper Energy Limit of HBChPT in Pion Photoproduction    [PDF]

Cesar Fernandez-Ramirez
We assess the energy limit up to which Heavy Baryon Chiral Perturbation Theory (HBChPT) can be applied to the process of neutral pion photoproduction from the proton by analyzing the latest data collected by the MAMI/A2 collaboration at Mainz. The high-quality differential cross section and the photon asymmetry measured data allow to test the theory at a level not previously achieved. We find that, within the current experimental status, the agreement between theory and experiment is excellent up to $\sim$170 MeV. Above this energy HBChPT fails to provide high-quality fits while an empirical parametrization of the multipoles still provides an excellent description of the data.
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