New Predictions for generalized spin polarizabilities from heavy baryon chiral perturbation theory

Research paper by Chung-Wen Kao, Barbara Pasquini, Marc Vanderhaeghen

Indexed on: 06 Aug '04Published on: 06 Aug '04Published in: High Energy Physics - Phenomenology


We extract the next-to-next-to-leading order results for spin-flip generalized polarizabilities (GPs) of the nucleon from the spin-dependent amplitudes for virtual Compton scattering (VCS) at ${\cal O}(p^4)$ in heavy baryon chiral perturbation theory. At this order, no unknown low energy constants enter the theory, allowing us to make absolute predictions for all spin-flip GPs. Furthermore, by using constraint equations between the GPs due to nucleon crossing combined with charge conjugation symmetry of the VCS amplitudes, we get a next-to-next-to-next-to-leading order prediction for one of the GPs. We provide estimates for forthcoming double polarization experiments which allow to access these spin-flip GPs of the nucleon.