Bayesian estimation of the low-energy constants up to fourth order in the nucleon-nucleon sector of chiral effective field theory
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2023

We use Bayesian methods and Hamiltonian Monte Carlo (HMC) sampling to infer the posterior probability density function (PDF) for the low-energy constants (LECs) up to next-to-next-to-next-to-leading order (N3LO) in a chiral effective field theory (χEFT) description of the nucleon-nucleon interaction. In a first step, we condition the inference on neutron-proton and proton-proton scattering data and account for uncorrelated χEFT truncation errors. We demonstrate how to successfully sample the 31-dimensional space of LECs at N3LO using a revised HMC inference protocol. In a second step we extend the analysis by means of importance sampling and an empirical determination of the neutron-neutron scattering length to infer the posterior PDF for the leading charge-dependent contact LEC in the S01 neutron-neutron interaction channel. While doing so we account for the χEFT truncation error via a conjugate prior. We use the resulting posterior PDF to sample the posterior predictive distributions for the effective range parameters in the S01 wave as well as the strengths of charge-symmetry breaking and charge-independence breaking. We conclude that empirical point-estimate results of isospin breaking in the S01 channel are consistent with the PDFs obtained in our Bayesian analysis and that, when accounting for χEFT truncation errors, one must go to next-to-next-to-leading order to confidently detect isospin breaking effects.


Isak Svensson

Chalmers, Fysik, Subatomär, högenergi- och plasmafysik

Andreas Ekström

Chalmers, Fysik, Subatomär, högenergi- och plasmafysik

Christian Forssén

Chalmers, Fysik, Subatomär, högenergi- och plasmafysik

Physical Review C

24699985 (ISSN) 24699993 (eISSN)

Vol. 107 1 014001

Svaga och sällsynta processer i atomkärnan: fundamentala symmetrier och mörk materia

Vetenskapsrådet (VR) (2017-04234), 2018-01-01 -- 2021-12-31.


Acceleratorfysik och instrumentering

Subatomär fysik

Sannolikhetsteori och statistik



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