Experimental determination of the effective strong coupling constant

A. Deur, V. Burkert, J. P. Chen, W. Korsch

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We present a first attempt to experimentally extract an effective strong coupling constant that we define to be a low Q2 extension of a previous definition by S. Brodsky et al. following an initial work of G. Grunberg. Using Jefferson Lab data and sum rules, we establish its Q2-behavior over the complete Q2-range. The result is compared to effective coupling constants inferred from different processes and to calculations based on Schwinger-Dyson equations, hadron spectroscopy or lattice QCD. Although the connection between the experimentally extracted effective coupling constants and the calculations is not established it is interesting to note that their behaviors are similar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-248
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 5 2007

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE). The Jefferson Science Associates (JSA) operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility for the DOE under contract DE-AC05-84ER40150.

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  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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