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Title: Proton polarizabilities: Status, relevance, prospects


This is a brief review of the status of understanding the proton polarizabilities in chiral perturbation theory and of their relevance to the 'proton charge radius puzzle'.

  1. Institut für Kernphysik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz (Germany)
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Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1563; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: Workshop to explore physics opportunities with intense, polarized electron beams at 50-300 MeV, Cambridge, MA (United States), 14-16 Mar 2013; Other Information: (c) 2013 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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Pascalutsa, Vladimir. Proton polarizabilities: Status, relevance, prospects. United States: N. p., 2013. Web. doi:10.1063/1.4829408.
Pascalutsa, Vladimir. Proton polarizabilities: Status, relevance, prospects. United States. doi:10.1063/1.4829408.
Pascalutsa, Vladimir. Thu . "Proton polarizabilities: Status, relevance, prospects". United States. doi:10.1063/1.4829408.
title = {Proton polarizabilities: Status, relevance, prospects},
author = {Pascalutsa, Vladimir},
abstractNote = {This is a brief review of the status of understanding the proton polarizabilities in chiral perturbation theory and of their relevance to the 'proton charge radius puzzle'.},
doi = {10.1063/1.4829408},
journal = {AIP Conference Proceedings},
number = 1,
volume = 1563,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Nov 07 00:00:00 EST 2013},
month = {Thu Nov 07 00:00:00 EST 2013}
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