First measurement of chiral dynamics in π -γ→π -π -π +

C. Adolph*, M. G. Alekseev, V. Yu Alexakhin, Yu Alexandrov, G. D. Alexeev, A. Amoroso, A. A. Antonov, A. Austregesilo, B. Badełek, F. Balestra, J. Barth, G. Baum, Y. Bedfer, J. Bernhard, R. Bertini, M. Bettinelli, K. A. Bicker, R. Birsa, J. Bisplinghoff, P. BordaloF. Bradamante, C. Braun, A. Bravar, A. Bressan, E. Burtin, D. Chaberny, M. Chiosso, S. U. Chung, A. Cicuttin, M. L. Crespo, S. Dalla Torre, S. Das, S. S. Dasgupta, O. Yu Denisov, L. Dhara, S. V. Donskov, N. Doshita, V. Duic, W. Dünnweber, M. Dziewiecki, A. Efremov, C. Elia, P. D. Eversheim, W. Eyrich, M. Faessler, A. Ferrero, A. Filin, M. Finger, M. Finger, H. Fischer, C. Franco, N. Du Fresne Von Hohenesche, J. M. Friedrich, R. Garfagnini, F. Gautheron, O. P. Gavrichtchouk, R. Gazda, S. Gerassimov, R. Geyer, M. Giorgi, I. Gnesi, B. Gobbo, S. Goertz, S. Grabmüller, A. Grasso, B. Grube, R. Gushterski, A. Guskov, F. Haas, D. Von Harrach, T. Hasegawa, F. H. Heinsius, F. Herrmann, C. Hess, F. Hinterberger, N. Horikawa, Ch Höppner, N. D'Hose, S. Huber, S. Ishimoto, O. Ivanov, Yu Ivanshin, T. Iwata, R. Jahn, P. Jasinski, G. Jegou, R. Joosten, E. Kabuss, D. Kang, B. Ketzer, G. V. Khaustov, Yu A. Khokhlov, Yu Kisselev, F. Klein, K. Klimaszewski, S. Koblitz, J. H. Koivuniemi, V. N. Kolosov, K. Kondo, K. Königsmann, I. Konorov, V. F. Konstantinov, A. Korzenev, A. M. Kotzinian, O. Kouznetsov, M. Krämer, Z. V. Kroumchtein, F. Kunne, K. Kurek, L. Lauser, A. A. Lednev, A. Lehmann, S. Levorato, J. Lichtenstadt, A. Maggiora, A. Magnon, N. Makke, G. K. Mallot, A. Mann, C. Marchand, A. Martin, J. Marzec, F. Massmann, T. Matsuda, W. Meyer, T. Michigami, Yu V. Mikhailov, M. A. Moinester, A. Morreale, A. Mutter, A. Nagaytsev, T. Nagel, F. Nerling, S. Neubert, D. Neyret, V. I. Nikolaenko, W. D. Nowak, A. S. Nunes, A. G. Olshevsky, M. Ostrick, A. Padee, R. Panknin, D. Panzieri, B. Parsamyan, S. Paul, E. Perevalova, G. Pesaro, D. V. Peshekhonov, G. Piragino, S. Platchkov, J. Pochodzalla, J. Polak, V. A. Polyakov, G. Pontecorvo, J. Pretz, C. Quintans, J. F. Rajotte, S. Ramos, V. Rapatsky, G. Reicherz, A. Richter, E. Rocco, E. Rondio, N. S. Rossiyskaya, D. I. Ryabchikov, V. D. Samoylenko, A. Sandacz, M. G. Sapozhnikov, S. Sarkar, I. A. Savin, G. Sbrizzai, P. Schiavon, C. Schill, T. Schlüter, L. Schmitt, K. Schönning, S. Schopferer, W. Schröder, O. Yu Shevchenko, H. W. Siebert, L. Silva, L. Sinha, A. N. Sissakian, M. Slunecka, G. I. Smirnov, S. Sosio, F. Sozzi, A. Srnka, M. Stolarski, M. Sulc, R. Sulej, P. Sznajder, S. Takekawa, J. Ter Wolbeek, S. Tessaro, F. Tessarotto, A. Teufel, L. G. Tkatchev, S. Uhl, I. Uman, M. Vandenbroucke, M. Virius, N. V. Vlassov, R. Windmolders, W. Wiślicki, H. Wollny, K. Zaremba, M. Zavertyaev, E. Zemlyanichkina, M. Ziembicki, N. Zhuravlev, A. Zvyagin

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Abstract

The COMPASS Collaboration at CERN has investigated the π -γ→π -π -π + reaction at center-of-momentum energy below five pion masses, √s<5m π, embedded in the Primakoff reaction of 190 GeV pions impinging on a lead target. Exchange of quasireal photons is selected by isolating the sharp Coulomb peak observed at smallest momentum transfers, t <0.001GeV2/c2. Using partial-wave analysis techniques, the scattering intensity of Coulomb production described in terms of chiral dynamics and its dependence on the 3π-invariant mass m =√s were extracted. The absolute cross section was determined in seven bins of √s with an overall precision of 20%. At leading order, the result is found to be in good agreement with the prediction of chiral perturbation theory over the whole energy range investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number192001
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume108
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 May 2012

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