Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Chiral symmetry and diffractive neutral pion photo- and electroproduction
ECT*, Strada delle Tabarelle 286, 38050, Villazzano (Trento), Italy
2 Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Heidelberg, Philosophenweg 16, 69120, Heidelberg, Germany
* e-mail: Ewerz@ect.it
Published online: 18 November 2006
We show that diffractive production of a single neutral pion in photon-induced reactions at high energy is dynamically suppressed due to the approximate chiral symmetry of QCD. These reactions have been proposed as a test of the odderon-exchange mechanism. We show that the odderon contribution to the amplitude for such reactions vanishes exactly in the chiral limit. This result is obtained in a nonperturbative framework and by using PCAC relations between the amplitudes for neutral pion and axial vector current production.
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