Jul 6 – 13, 2022
Bologna, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

QED nuclear medium effects in neutrino-nucleus and electron-nucleus scattering

Jul 8, 2022, 4:00 PM
Room 2 (Italia)

Room 2 (Italia)

Parallel Talk Neutrino Physics Neutrino Physics


Oleksandr Tomalak (Los Alamos National Laboratory)


Effective field theories of QCD, such as soft collinear effective theory with Glauber gluons, have led to important advances in understanding of many-body nuclear effects. We provide first applications to QED processes. We study the exchange of photons between charged particles and the nuclear medium for (anti)neutrino-, electron-, and muon-induced reactions inside a large nucleus. We provide analytical expressions for the distortion of (anti)neutrino-nucleus and charged lepton-nucleus cross sections and estimate the QED-medium effects on the example of elastic lepton-nucleon reactions in kinematics of modern and future experiments. We find new percent-level effects, which were never accounted for in either (anti)neutrino-nucleus or electron-nucleus scattering. We discuss implications to the extraction of the proton charge radius.

In-person participation Yes

Primary authors

Dr Ivan Vitev (Los Alamos National Laboratory) Oleksandr Tomalak (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

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