Beyond Lowest-Order Results in Pion-Nucleus Reactions

  • J. M. Eisenberg
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSB, volume 45)


In recent years, in large measure due to the advent of the meson factories, there has developed a great interest in using pions for elastic and inelastic scattering on nuclei, in parallel to similar reactions for nucleons. The general objective of such hadronic scattering is to determine nuclear static and dynamic distributions of hadronic matter: proton and—more especially—neutron densities, two-nucleon correlations (with and without spin and isospin vector forms), α-clustering, and so on. Theoretical analysis is generally directed at joining together reliable descriptions of the reaction mechanism and of the pertinent nuclear structure, with sufficient control on each so that their separate influences may be examined. The hadronic processes are very intricate, and the existence of a variety of probes of this nature is to be welcomed as offering greater likelihood for unravelling them. Towards this end, the pion offers several advantages and several disadvantages, as we shall see, at least implicitly, in the following. It also is quite distinct from the nucleon in that it can undergo true absorption in the nucleus, a feature upon which we shall not dwell at much length here where our primary interest will be to examine general features of multiple-scattering theory.


Optical Potential Cluster Expansion Nuclear Ground State Pionic Atom Nuclear Excitation Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Eisenberg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Physics and AstronomyTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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