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Particles and Fields
Eur. Phys. J. C 17, 323-336
DOI 10.1007/s100520000459

The role of the input in Roy's equations for $\pi$-$\pi$ scattering

G. Wanders

Institut de Physique Théorique, Université de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland (e-mail: gerard.wanders@ipt.unil.ch)

Received: 9 May 2000 / Published online: 31 August 2000 - © Springer-Verlag 2000

The Roy equations determine the S- and P-wave $\pi$-$\pi$ phase shifts on a low energy interval. They allow the derivation of threshold parameters from experimental data. We examine the solutions of these equations that are in the neighborhood of a given solution by means of a linearization procedure. An updated survey of known results on the dimension of the manifold of solutions is presented. The solution is unique for a low energy interval with upper end at 800MeV. We determine its response to small variations of the input: S-wave scattering lengths and absorptive parts above 800MeV. We confirm the existence of a universal curve of solutions in the plane of the S-wave scattering lengths and provide a control of the decrease of the influence of the input absorptive parts with increasing energy. A general result on the suppression of unphysical singularities at the upper end of the low energy interval is established and its practical implications are discussed.

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