Title

Nucleus-Nucleus Relativistic Multiple Scattering Theory with Delta Degrees of Freedom

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2013

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

It is well known that multiple scattering theories are very useful in the study of nucleon-nucleus and nucleus-nucleus scattering processes. The derivation of a nonrelativistic multiple scattering theory (NRMST) is well-established and clear. A key component to the formulation of an NRMST is the ability to separate the unperturbed Hamiltonian from the residual interaction. For the relativistic problem, it is not clear how to perform this separation starting from a field theoretical Lagrangian. Instead, one starts from an infinite set of Feynman diagrams, which play the role of the kernel in the Bethe-Salpeter equation for nucleus-nucleus scattering. Once the kernel is defined, it is straightforward to develop a relativistic multiple scattering theory (RMST). To be more complete than previous studies, delta degrees of freedom are included, which is a minimum requirement to explain pion production. It is demonstrated that an RMST can be formulated by expressing the kernel in a form that is similar to the residual interaction in the NRMST.

Publication Title

Canadian Journal of Physics

Volume

91

Issue

5

First Page

424

Last Page

432