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Light Cone 2010: Relativistic Hadronic and Particle Physics, Valencia : Espagne (2010)
PS-meson form factors in relativistic quantum mechanics and constraints from covariant space-time translations
B. Desplanques1, Y.-B. Dong2

The role of Poincaré covariant space-time translations is investigated in the case of the pseudoscalar-meson charge form factors calculated within a relativistic quantum mechanics framework. It is shown that this role extends beyond the standard energy-momentum conservation, which is accounted for in all works based on this general approach. It implies constraints that have been largely ignored until now but should be nevertheless fulfilled to ensure the full Poincaré covariance. The violation of these constraints, which is more or less important depending on the form of relativistic quantum mechanics that is employed, points to the validity of using a single-particle current, which is generally assumed in calculations of form factors. In short, these constraints concern the relation of the momentum transferred to the constituents to the one transferred to the system, which most often differ in relativistic quantum mechanics while they are equal in field theory. How to account for the constraints, as well as restoring the equivalence of different relativistic quantum mechanics approaches in estimating form factors, is discussed. It is mentioned that the result so obtained can be identified to a dispersion-relation one. A short conclusion relative to the underlying dynamics is given in the pion case.
1 :  LPSC - Laboratoire de Physique Subatomique et de Cosmologie
2 :  Institute of High Energy Physics
Physique/Physique Nucléaire Théorique

Physique/Physique des Hautes Energies - Phénoménologie
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