Chiral structure of nucleon gravitational form factors

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Abstract

We study the low momentum behavior of nucleon gravitational form factors in the framework of the heavy baryon chiral perturbation theory. At zero recoil they determine the momentum and spin apportion between nucleon constituents. Our result provides an insight into the response of the nucleon's pion cloud to an external weak gravitational field and establishes a theoretical framework for extrapolation of experimental and lattice data on the nucleon form factors to zero momentum transfer. We also discuss form factors corresponding to higher-rank tensor currents related to the moments of generalized parton distributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-297
Number of pages9
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume538
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 4 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Chiral perturbation theory
  • Form factors
  • Nucleon spin structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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