Dispersion relations for hadronic light-by-light scattering and the muon g – 2

Procura, Massimiliano; Colangelo, Gilberto; Hoferichter, Martin; Stoffer, Peter (5 January 2018). Dispersion relations for hadronic light-by-light scattering and the muon g – 2. EPJ web of conferences, 166, 00014. EDP Sciences 10.1051/epjconf/201816600014

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The largest uncertainties in the Standard Model calculation of the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon (g−2)μ come from hadronic effects, and in a few years the subleading hadronic light-by-light (HLbL) contribution might dominate the theory error. We present a dispersive description of the HLbL tensor, which is based on unitarity, analyticity, crossing symmetry, and gauge invariance. This opens up the possibility of a data-driven determination of the HLbL contribution to (g − 2)μ with the aim of reducing model dependence and achieving a reliable error estimate. Our dispersive approach defines unambiguously the pion-pole and the pion-box contribution to the HLbL tensor. Using Mandelstam double-spectral representation, we have proven that the pion-box contribution coincides exactly with the one-loop scalar-QED amplitude, multiplied by the appropriate pion vector form factors. Using dispersive fits to high-statistics data for the pion vector form factor, we obtain aπ-box μ = −15.9(2)×10−11. A first model-independent calculation of effects of ππ intermediate states that go beyond the scalar-QED pion loop is also presented. We combine our dispersive description of the HLbL tensor with a partial-wave expansion and demonstrate that the known scalar-QED result is recovered after partial-wave resummation. After constructing suitable input for the γ∗γ∗ → ππ helicity partial waves based on a pion-pole left-hand cut (LHC), we find that for the dominant charged-pion contribution this representation is consistent with the two-loop chiral prediction and the COMPASS measurement for the pion polarizability. This allows us to reliably estimate S -wave rescattering effects to the full pion box and leads to aπ-box μ + aππ,π-pole LHC μ,J=0 = −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

UniBE Contributor:

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


500 Science > 530 Physics




EDP Sciences




Esther Fiechter

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08 May 2018 08:56

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