Radiative corrections to pion-nucleus bremsstrahlung

N. Kaiser, J. M. Friedrich

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We calculate the one-photon loop radiative corrections to virtual pion Compton scattering π- γ* → π- γ , that subprocess which determines in the one-photon exchange approximation the pion-nucleus bremsstrahlung reaction π- Z → π- Z γ. Ultraviolet and infrared divergencies of the loop integrals are both treated by dimensional regularization. Analytical expressions for the O(α ) corrections to the virtual Compton scattering amplitudes, A(s, u, Q) and B(s, u, Q) , are derived with their full dependence on the (small) photon virtuality Q from 9 classes of contributing one-loop diagrams. Infrared finiteness of these virtual radiative corrections is achieved (in the standard way) by including soft photon radiation below an energy cut-off λ . In the region of low π- γ center-of-mass energies, where the pion-nucleus bremsstrahlung process is used to extract the pion electric and magnetic polarizabilities, we find radiative corrections up to about -3% for λ = 5 MeV. Furthermore, we extend our calculation of the radiative corrections to virtual pion Compton scattering π γ* → π- γ by including the leading pion-structure effect in the form of the polarizability difference α π - β π . Our analytical results are particularly relevant for analyzing the data of the COMPASS experiment at CERN which aims at measuring the pion electric and magnetic polarizabilities with high statistics using the Primakoff effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Physical Journal A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


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