Weak radius of the proton

C. J. Horowitz

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The weak charge of the proton determines its coupling to the Z0 boson. The distribution of weak charge is found to be dramatically different from the distribution of electric charge. The proton's weak radius RW=1.545±0.017 fm is 80% larger than its charge radius Rch≈0.84 fm because of a very large pion cloud contribution. This large weak radius can be measured with parity violating electron scattering and may provide insight into the structure of the proton, various radiative corrections, and possible strange quark contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-678
Number of pages4
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
StatePublished - 10 Feb 2019
Externally publishedYes

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