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Introduction & motivation Baryons in the 1/N c expansion of QCD Photoproduction of excited baryons Summary & conclusions N.N. Scoccola Department of Physics - Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica - Buenos Aires – Argentina Photoproduction of Excited Baryons in Large N c QCD Based on work with J. Goity and N. Matagne Goity, NNS, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 (07) 062002; Goity, Matagne, NNS, Phys. Lett. B663 (08) 222

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INTRODUCTION & MOTIVATION Baryon photocouplings have been the subject of many studies over a period of 40 years, and are key elements in the understanding of baryon structure and dynamics. The most commonly used tool of analysis of these quantities has been constituent quark model, which relation with QCD is, at least, unclear. In this sense, it is important to have a model independent approach to the physics of excited baryon photoproduction. One possible systematic approach of this type is the 1/N c expansion of QCD.

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SU(6) Classification

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BARYONS IN THE 1/N c EXPANSION OF QCD QCD has no obvious expansion parameter. However, t’Hooft (’74) realized that if one extends the QCD color group from SU(3) to SU(N c ), where N c is an arbitrary (odd) large number, then 1/ N c may treated as the relevant expansion parameter of QCD. To have consistent theory, QCD coupling constant g 2 ~ 1/N c Witten (’79) observed that baryons are formed by N c “valence” quarks with M b ~ O(N c 1 ) and r B ~ O(N c 0 ). In the Large N c limit a Hartree picture of baryons emerges: each quark moves in a self-consistent effective potential generated by the rest of the (Nc-1) quarks. GS Baryon

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It is also possible to show that BB’ coupling is N c 1/2 ). Thus, since f ~ (N c 1/2 ), it can expressed as In order to preserve unitarity for Large N c X ia spin-flavor operator of (N c 0 ) Correspondingly for pion-nucleon scattering we have Gervais-Sakita Dashen-Manohar consistency relation form contracted SU(2 N f ) algebra In this limit, GS baryons can be chosen to fill SU(2 N f ) completely symmetric irrep. Therefore, in the Large N c limit

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n-body operator obtained as the product of n generators of SU(2 N f ), i.e. S i, T a, G ia n-body operators need at least n quarks exchanging (n-1) gluons according to usual rules it carries a suppression factor (1/N c ) n-1 e.g a 3-body operator g 4 ~N c -2 Some operators may act as coherent matrix elements of order N c e.g. G ia ~ N c Any color singlet QCD operator can be represented at the level of effective theory by a series of composite operators ordered in powers of 1/N c Unknown coefficients to be fitted Rules for N c counting

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As example we construct the three flavor GS baryon masses. Up to 1/N c contributions and leading order in the SU(3) flavor breaking we get It looks like there are many contributions up to this order. However, since for GS baryons operators are acting on fully symmetric irrep of SU(6), several reduction formulae appear ( Dashen, Jenkins, Manohar, PRD49(94)4713; D 51(95), 3697 ). Using these relations M simplifies to This type of analysis has been applied to analyze axial couplings and magnetic moments, etc. ( Dai,Dashen,Jenkins,Manohar, PRD53(96)273, Carone,Georgi, Osofsky, PLB 322(94)227, Luty,March-Russell, NPB426(94)71, etc ). For reviews, see A.Manohar, hep-ph/9802419; R.Lebed, nucl-th/9810080.) One gets parameter free testable relations

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Carone et al, PRD50(94)5793, Goity, PLB414(97)140; Pirjol and Yan, PRD57(98)1449; PRD 57(98)5434 proposed to extend these ideas to analyze low lying excited baryons properties. Take as convenient basis of states: multiplets of O(3) x SU(2 N f ) (approximation since they might contain several irreps of SU(2 N f ) c ( Schat, Pirjol, PRD67(03)096009, Cohen, Lebed, PLB619(05)115) ) Core (N c -1 quarks in S irrep) + Excited quark with l Coupled to MS or S irrep of spin-flavor Excited baryon composed by Low lying Excited Baryon For lowest states relevant multiplets are [0 +, 56], [1 +, 70], [2 +, 56] … In the operator analysis, effective n-body operators are now

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This approach has been applied to analyze the excited baryon masses Carlson, Carone, Goity and Lebed, PLB438 (98) 327; PRD59 (99) 114008. Schat, Goity and NNS, PRL88(02)102002, PRD66 (02) 114014, PLB564 (03) 83. Remarks on [1 -, 70]-plet masses Although spin-flavor symmetry is broken at (N c 0 ), the corresponding operators (e.g. spin-orbit) have small coefficients. Hyperfine operator S c S c /N c of (N c -1 ) give chief spin-flavor breaking. determined only by spin-orbit operator. For the rest of spin-orbit partners other operators appear. Important is l i t a G c ia /N c Remarks on [2 +,56]-plet masses Spin-flavor symmetry only broken at (1/N c ). Hyperfine operator S c S c /N c gives the most important contribution. Testable model independent relation well satisfied. Strong decay widths have been also analyzed Goity, Schat, NNS, PRD71(05)034016; Goity, NNS, PRD71(05)034016

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PHOTOPRODUCTION OF EXCITED BARYONS IN LARGE N c QCD The helicity amplitudes of interest are defined as =1/2, 3/2 is helicity along -momentum (z-axis) ê +1 is -polarization vector (B*) sign factor which depends on sign strong amplitude N → B* The e.m. current can be represented as a linear combination of effective multipole baryonic operators with isospin I =0,1. Their most general form is Tensor to be expressed in terms of spherical harmonics of photon momentum Acts orbital wf of excited q Acts of spin-flavor wf where

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Then, the electric and magnetic components of the helicity amplitudes can be expressed in terms of the matrix elements of the baryonic operators as For the -dependence of g’s we use the standard penetration factor expression Strong signs are determined as follows l partial wave for pion strong decay determined up to an overall sign for each partial wave. When B * can decay through 2 partial waves (e.g. S or D; P or F ) undetermined sign (e.g. =S/D, ’=P/F)

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Helicity amplitudes for [1-,70]-plet non-strange resonances = -1 clearly favored by fits. Only this case is shown.

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Helicity amplitudes for [2+,56]-plet non-strange resonances ’ = -1 clearly favored by fits. Only this case is shown.

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Helicity amplitudes for [0+,56’]-plet non-strange resonances

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CONCLUSIONS The 1/Nc expansion of QCD provides a useful and systematic method to analyze the excited baryon properties. Hierarchies implied by the 1/Nc power counting well respected in the analysis of the e.m. helicity amplitudes. Only a reduced number of the operators in the NLO basis turns out to be relevant. Some of these operators can be identified with those used in QM calculations. However, there are also 2B operators (not included in QM calculations) which are needed for an accurate description of the empirical helicity amplitudes.

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