Jun 2 – 7, 2019
Carnegie Mellon University
America/New_York timezone

Nucleon-to-resonance form factors at large photon virtualities

Jun 7, 2019, 2:00 PM
McConomy Auditorium

McConomy Auditorium

Invited Hadron Spectroscopy Menu-2019 Plenary


Jorge Segovia (Pablo de Olavide University)


Nonperturbative quantum chromodynamics poses significant challenges. Primary amongst them is a need to chart the behaviour of QCD's running coupling and masses into the domain of infrared momenta. Contemporary theory is incapable of solving this problem alone but a collaboration with experiment holds a promise for progress. This effort can benefit substantially by exposing the structure of nucleon excited states and measuring the associated transition form factors at large momentum transfers. Large momenta are needed in order to pierce the meson-cloud that, often to a significant extent, screens the dressed-quark core of all baryons; and it is via the $Q^{2}$-evolution of form factors that one gains access to the running of QCD's coupling and masses from the infrared into the ultraviolet.

We present a unified QCD-based description of elastic and transition form factors involving the nucleon and its resonances. We compare predictions made using a framework built upon a Faddeev equation kernel and interaction vertices that possess QCD-like momentum dependence with results obtained using a confining, symmetry-preserving treatment of a vector$\,\otimes\,$vector contact-interaction in a widely-used leading-order (rainbow-ladder) truncation of QCD's Dyson-Schwinger equations. This comparison explains that the contact-interaction framework produces hard form factors, curtails some quark orbital angular momentum correlations within a baryon, and suppresses two-loop diagrams in the elastic and transition electromagnetic currents. Such defects are rectified in our QCD-based approach and, by contrasting the results obtained for the same observables in both theoretical schemes, shows those objects which are most sensitive to the momentum dependence of elementary quantities in QCD.

Primary author

Jorge Segovia (Pablo de Olavide University)

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