Nucleon spin-averaged forward virtual Compton tensor at large Q2

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The nucleon spin-averaged forward virtual Compton tensor determines important physical quantities such as electromagnetically induced mass differences of nucleons and two-photon exchange contributions in hydrogen spectroscopy. It depends on two kinematic variables: ν, the virtual photon energy in the proton rest frame, and Q2, the photon's invariant four-momentum squared. Using the operator product expansion, we calculate the tensor's large-Q2 behavior for ν=0, including for the first time the full spin-2 contribution and correcting a previous result in the literature for the spin-0 contribution. Implications for the proton radius puzzle are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094017
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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