Dispersion relation for hadronic light-by-light scattering: two-pion contributions

Colangelo, Gilberto; Hoferichter, Martin; Procura, Massimiliano; Stoffer, Peter (2017). Dispersion relation for hadronic light-by-light scattering: two-pion contributions. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2017(4), p. 161. Springer 10.1007/JHEP04(2017)161

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In this third paper of a series dedicated to a dispersive treatment of the hadronic light-by-light (HLbL) tensor, we derive a partial-wave formulation for two-pion intermediate states in the HLbL contribution to the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon (g − 2)μ , including a detailed discussion of the unitarity relation for arbitrary partial waves. We show that obtaining a final expression free from unphysical helicity partial waves is a subtle issue, which we thoroughly clarify. As a by-product, we obtain a set of sum rules that could be used to constrain future calculations of γ∗γ∗ → ππ. We validate the formalism extensively using the pion-box contribution, defined by two-pion intermediate states with a pion-pole left-hand cut, and demonstrate how the full known result is reproduced when resumming the partial waves. Using dispersive fits to high-statistics data for the pion vector form factor, we provide an evaluation of the full pion box, aπ-box = −15.9(2)×10−11. As an μ application of the partial-wave formalism, we present a first calculation of ππ-rescattering effects in HLbL scattering, with γ∗γ∗ → ππ helicity partial waves constructed dispersively using ππ phase shifts derived from the inverse-amplitude method. In this way, the isospin- 0 part of our calculation can be interpreted as the contribution of the f0(500) to HLbL scattering in (g − 2)μ. We argue that the contribution due to charged-pion rescattering implements corrections related to the corresponding pion polarizability and show that these are moderate. Our final result for the sum of pion-box contribution and its S-wave rescattering corrections reads aπ-box + aππ,π-pole LHC = −24(1) × 10−11.

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10 Strategic Research Centers > Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics (AEC)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Theoretical Physics

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Colangelo, Gilberto; Hoferichter, Martin; Procura, Massimiliano and Stoffer, Peter


500 Science > 530 Physics








Esther Fiechter

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27 Oct 2017 15:42

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