Experimental details of a virtual Compton scattering (VCS) experiment performed on the proton at the MIT-Bates out-of-plane scattering facility are presented. The VCS response functions PLL-PTT/P TT and PLT have been measured at Q2=0.057GeV2/c2. The generalized electric and magnetic polarizabilities, α(Q2) and β(Q2), and the mean-square electric polarizability radius rα2 are obtained from a dispersion analysis of the data. The results are in good agreement with O(p3) heavy baryon chiral perturbation and indicate the dominance of mesonic effects in the polarizabilities.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics