Compton scattering on 4He with nuclear one- and two-body densities
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2024

We present the first ab initio calculation of elastic Compton scattering from 4He. It is carried out to O(e2δ3) [N3LO] in the δ expansion of χEFT. At this order and for this target, the only free parameters are the scalar-isoscalar electric and magnetic dipole polarisabilities of the nucleon. Adopting current values for these yields a parameter-free prediction. This compares favourably with the world data from HIγS, Illinois and Lund for photon energies within our theoretical uncertainties of ±10%. We predict a cross section up to 7 times that for deuterium. As in 3He, this emphasises and tests the key role of meson-exchange currents between np pairs in Compton scattering on light nuclei. We assess the sensitivity of the cross section and beam asymmetry to the nucleon polarisabilities, providing clear guidance to future experiments seeking to further constrain them. The calculation becomes tractable by use of the Transition Density Method. The one- and two-body densities generated from 5 chiral potentials and the AV18+UIX potential are available using the python package provided at


Harald W. Grießhammer

Duke University

Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory

George Washington University

Junjie Liao

George Washington University

Judith A. McGovern

University of Manchester

Andreas Nogga

Forschungszentrum Jülich

Daniel Phillips

Chalmers, Fysik, Subatomär, högenergi- och plasmafysik

Ohio University

European Physical Journal A

1434-6001 (ISSN) 1434-601X (eISSN)

Vol. 60 6 132


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