Measurements of the generalized electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the proton at low Q2 using the virtual Compton scattering reaction

P. Bourgeois, Y. Sato, J. Shaw, Ricardo Alarcon, A. M. Bernstein, W. Bertozzi, T. Botto, J. Calarco, F. Casagrande, M. O. Distler, K. Dow, M. Farkondeh, S. Georgakopoulos, S. Gilad, R. Hicks, M. Holtrop, A. Hotta, X. Jiang, A. Karabarbounis, J. KirkpatrickS. Kowalski, R. Milner, R. Miskimen, I. Nakagawa, C. N. Papanicolas, A. J. Sarty, S. Sirca, E. Six, N. F. Sparveris, S. Stave, E. Stiliaris, T. Tamae, G. Tsentalovich, C. Tschalaer, W. Turchinetz, Z. L. Zhou, T. Zwart

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035206
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 29 2011


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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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