Unified relativistic description of πNN and γπNN

A. N. Kvinikhidze, B. Blankleider

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We present a unified description of the relativistic [Formula Presented] and [Formula Presented] systems where the strong interactions are described nonperturbatively by four-dimensional integral equations. A feature of our approach is that the photon is coupled in all possible ways to the strong interaction contributions. Thus the hadronic processes [Formula Presented] etc. and corresponding electromagnetic processes [Formula Presented] [Formula Presented] [Formula Presented] etc., are described simultaneously within the one model of strong interactions. Our formulation obeys two and three-body unitarity, and as photons are coupled everywhere in the strong interaction model, gauge invariance is implemented in the way prescribed by quantum field theory. Our formulation is also free from the overcounting and undercounting problems plaguing four-dimensional descriptions of [Formula Presented] systems. The unified description is achieved through the use of the recently introduced gauging of equations method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1263-1271
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1999


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