How transparent are hadrons to pions?

B. Blättel, G. Baym, L. L. Frankfurt, M. Strikman

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The scattering of hadrons at high energies can be described by a distribution function of cross sections, which incorporates the phenomena of color transparency and color opacity. We infer here a cross-section distribution for pionic projectiles on nucleons consistent with the data on the moments of the distribution. Using this distribution we calculate the probability for a pion to be in a pointlike configuration and compare with predictions based on a combination of perturbative QCD and QCD sum rules. Comparison with the corresponding distribution for nucleon-nucleon scattering shows that color transparency effects should be more pronounced for a meson beam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)896-899
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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