Cross sections for low-energy $π^-γ$ reactions

Physics – Nuclear Physics – Nuclear Theory

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14, pages, 10 figures, submitted to EPJA

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We review the cross sections for low-energy $\pi^- \gamma$ reactions in the framework of chiral perturbation theory. Charged pion Compton scattering, $\pi^- \gamma\to \pi^-\gamma$, is considered up to one-loop order where the pion's internal structure enters through the difference of the electric and magnetic pion polarizability, $\alpha_\pi - \beta_\pi$. The ongoing COMPASS experiment aims at measuring this important structure constant with high statistics using the Primakoff effect. In the same way, the reaction $\pi^- \gamma \to \pi^- \pi^0$ serves as a test of the QCD chiral anomaly (via the $\gamma 3\pi$-coupling constant $F_{\gamma3\pi}$). Furthermore, we calculate the total cross sections for neutral and charged pion-pair production, $\pi^- \gamma \to \pi^- \pi^0\pi^0$ and $\pi^- \gamma \to \pi^-\pi^+\pi^-$, which are governed by the chiral $\pi\pi$-interaction. Finally, we investigate the radiative (correction) process $\pi^- \gamma \to \pi^- \gamma \gamma$ and calculate the corresponding two-photon mass spectrum. This information will be useful for analyzing the $\pi^-$ Primakoff scattering events with photons in the final state.

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