Pion electric polarizability from lattice QCD

Andrei Alexandru, Michael Lujan, Walter Freeman, Frank Lee

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3 Scopus citations


Electromagnetic polarizabilities are important parameters for understanding the interaction between photons and hadrons. For pions these quantities are poorly constrained experimentally since they can only be measured indirectly. New experiments at CERN and Jefferson Lab are planned that will measure the polarizabilities more precisely. Lattice QCD can be used to compute these quantities directly in terms of quark and gluons degrees of freedom, using the background field method. We present results for the electric polarizability for two different quark masses, light enough to connect to chiral perturbation theory. These are currently the lightest quark masses used in polarizability studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationXIth Conference on Quark Confinement and Hadron Spectrum
EditorsNora Brambilla, Sergei Kolevatov, Alexander Andrianov, Victor Kim
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735413481
StatePublished - Jan 22 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Conference on Quark Confinement and Hadron Spectrum - Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: Sep 8 2014Sep 12 2014

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other11th Conference on Quark Confinement and Hadron Spectrum
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
CitySaint Petersburg


  • Lattice QCD
  • Polarizability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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