Chiral Light Front Perturbation Theory and the Flavor Dependence of the Light-Quark Nucleon Sea

26 Oct 2019  ·  Alberg Mary, Miller Gerald A. ·

The light-quark flavor dependence of the proton sea has been of great interest for many years because of its close connection with non-perturbative effects. One hypothesis is that this dependence arises from the pion cloud of the proton... We apply light cone perturbation theory and experimental constraints to a chiral Lagrangian to compute the relevant Fock-space components of the nucleon wave function with well-defined uncertainties. Existing experimental information regarding the light flavor sea is studied, and predictions for future experimental results are provided. Future experiments have the ability to rule out this hypothesis and have profound implications for understanding the nucleon-nucleon force. read more

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Nuclear Theory High Energy Physics - Phenomenology Nuclear Experiment