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Title: Chiral Nuclear Effective Field Theory


New results regarding the renormalization of pion exchange and power counting in chiral nuclear effective field theory are discussed.

  1. Department of Physics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)
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Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 884; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 6. Latin American symposium on nuclear physics and applications, Iguazu (Argentina), 3-7 Oct 2005; Other Information: DOI: 10.1063/1.2710553; (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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United States

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Kolck, U. van. Chiral Nuclear Effective Field Theory. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1063/1.2710553.
Kolck, U. van. Chiral Nuclear Effective Field Theory. United States. doi:10.1063/1.2710553.
Kolck, U. van. Mon . "Chiral Nuclear Effective Field Theory". United States. doi:10.1063/1.2710553.
title = {Chiral Nuclear Effective Field Theory},
author = {Kolck, U. van},
abstractNote = {New results regarding the renormalization of pion exchange and power counting in chiral nuclear effective field theory are discussed.},
doi = {10.1063/1.2710553},
journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
number = 1,
volume = 884,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Feb 12 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Feb 12 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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  • We present the complete derivation of the nuclear axial charge and current operators as well as the pseudoscalar operators to fourth order in the chiral expansion relative to the dominant one-body contribution using the method of unitary transformation. We demonstrate that the unitary ambiguity in the resulting operators can be eliminated by the requirement of renormalizability and by matching of the pion-pole contributions to the nuclear forces. We give expressions for the renormalized single-, two- and three-nucleon contributions to the charge and current operators and pseudoscalar operators including the relevant relativistic corrections. We also verify explicitly the validity of themore » continuity equation.« less
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