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  • Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics 61 (2008)


    Strange quark content in the nucleon

    S. Dubnickaa,, A.Z. Dubnickovaba Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

    bDepartment of Theoretical Physics, Comenius Univ., Bratislava, Slovak Republic


    Though none of the experimental evidences for the strange quark contributions to nucleon properties is explained convincinglyby an alternative, the recent experiments, even HAPPEX Collab. and A4 Collab., on a measurement of the parity-violatingasymmetries show no strangeness in the proton. Despite this conclusion we demonstrate here no accidental compatibility of ourtheoretical predictions for nucleon strange form factors with some nonzero parity violation experimental results which strengthensour belief in the strangeness in the nucleon.c 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    1. Introduction

    In the frame of the naive quark model nucleons are composed only from up and down valence quarks. Such anidea explains well the static properties of nucleons, however, experimental results on piN sigma term, proton spin,OZI rule violation and neutrino elastic scattering on protons indicate, that the naive quark model is not complete, andmoreover, the sea strange quarkantiquark pairs can make significant contributions to nucleon structure. The lattercan be studied by consideration of the nucleon matrix elements from scalar, pseudoscalar, vector, axial vector andtensor strange quark currents. In this contribution, however, we are restricted only to the vector strange quark currentJ s = ss, which is experimentally accessible in parity-violating elastic and quasi-elastic electron scattering fromthe proton and light atomic nuclei, where the strange electric and the strange magnetic nucleon form factors (FFs) (ortheir combinations) are measured.

    Recently, an analysis of the complete world set of parity-violating electron scattering data up to t = Q2 =0.3 GeV2 demonstrates [1] the strange nucleon FFs to be consistent with zero. Despite the latter conclusion, wepresent here our theoretical predictions for a behavior of the nucleon strange electric and magnetic FFs, exploitingthe idea of Jaffe [2] and our unitary and analytic approach, which are not accidentally compatible with nonzeroexperimental values [36] of the strangeness within the proton as they are obtained on the strength of the sophisticatedbackground. According to Jaffes idea the strange electric and the strange magnetic nucleon FFs can be found fromnucleon electromagnetic (EM) FFs to be obtained in the analysis of existing nucleon EM FF data by means of theUnitary and Analytic (U&A) model [7] of the nucleon EM structure. Just as a result of the isospin I = 0 value of

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    the strange quark, the strange Dirac and Pauli nucleon FFs contribute only to the behavior of the isoscalar parts of theDirac and Pauli nucleon EM FFs and in no case to the isovector part ones. As a result there are no proton or neutron,but only common nucleon strange FFs.

    From the latter it follows, that by a similar procedure to a determination of nucleon strange FFs one can determinea behavior of the strange FFs of any other hadron (even those possessing the strange valence quarks, like kaons andhyperons) the EM structure of which is described by nonzero isoscalar FFs.

    Till now we have realized it practically for kaons [8]. So, there cannot be any strangeness within the charged pionsas their EM structure is completely described by the pure isovector EM FF.

    Another note is concerned with the asymptotic behavior of the EM and strange FFs. In our opinion there is no reasonto construct different asymptotics of strange hadron FFs from the asymptotics of EM FFs as the great discovery of the70s of the last century [9,10] to be confirmed experimentally, refers to the FFs asymptotics and the number of valencequarks within the considered hadron.

    In the next section we briefly review formalism and vectormeson coupling constant ratios prediction. TheSection 3 is devoted to the prediction of the strange nucleon FFs behaviors. Conclusions are drawn in the last section.

    2. Formalism and vectormeson coupling constant ratios prediction

    The momentum dependence of the nucleon matrix element of the strange quark vector current J s = ss iscontained in the strange Dirac F s1 (t) and Pauli F

    s2 (t) nucleon FFs

    N |ss|N = u(p)[F

    s1 (t)+ i


    2mNF s2 (t)

    ]u(p) (1)

    by means of which the strange electric and strange magnetic nucleon FFs are defined

    GsE (t) = F s1 (t)+t

    4m2NF s2 (t), G

    sM (t) = F s1 (t)+ F s2 (t) (2)

    and to be measured in parity-violating elastic and quasi-elastic scattering of electrons on protons and light atomicnuclei.

    The main idea of a prediction of strange nucleon FFs behaviors from the known isoscalar parts of the Dirac andPauli nucleon EM FFs is based on two assumptions: the mixing is also valid for coupling constants between EM current (the strong strange quark current as well)and vectormeson


    = 1f0

    cos 1f0

    sin ; 1f

    = 1f0

    sin + 1f0

    cos , (3)

    where = 3.70 is a deviation from the ideal mixing angle 0 = 35.30. the quark current of some flavor couples with universal strength exclusively to the vectormeson wave functioncomponent of the same flavor

    0|qr qr |(qtqt )V = m2V r t, (4)where mV and are the mass and the polarization vector of the considered vectormeson.Starting from a definition of the virtual-photon vectormeson transition coupling constants 1/ f eV by the relation

    0|J e|V =m2Vf eV


    and the second assumption for the isoscalar EM current J I=0 to be expressed by quark fields, one comes to theequations

    0|J I=0 |0 = 0|16(uu + dd) 13 ss|

    12(|uu + |dd)

    = 16

    (12+ 1



    m20f e0


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    0|J I=0 |0 = 0|16(uu + dd) 13 ss|ss

    = 13m20

    m20f e0


    from where expressions for EM coupling constants follow

    1f e0

    = 16

    (12+ 1


    ) = 1


    13; 1

    f e0= 1

    3 = 1


    23. (8)

    Substituting the latter into the first assumption, together with identities 13= sin 0 and

    23 = cos 0, one obtains

    coupling constants of real and

    1f e

    = 6sin( + 0); 1f e

    = 6cos( + 0). (9)

    These relations, together with 1f e =12 following from

    0|J I=1 | = 0|12(uu dd)| 1

    2(|uu |dd)

    = 12

    (12+ 1



    m2f e

    , (10)

    give for the ratios of the universal vectormeson coupling constants the values 1f e :1f e: 1f e = 0.71 : 0.25 : (0.32) in

    a very good agreement with experimental values 1f e :1f e: 1f e = 0.79 : 0.23 : (0.31) obtained from leptonic widths

    (V e+e) of considered vectormesons. Just this agreement demonstrates the previous two assumptions to becompatible with physical reality and one can extend their validity also for strong strange quark current vectormesontransition coupling constants 1/ f sV .

    Then analogically one can write for the strong strange quark current the equations

    0|J s|0 = 0|(ss

    12(|uu + |dd) = 0 m


    f s0 (11)

    0|J s|0 = 0|(ss

    |ss = 1.m20 m20f s0 (12)from where one gets 1f s0

    = 0 and 1f s0 = 1. . Substituting them into mixing relations one comes to the strangecoupling constants of the real and

    1f s

    = sin ; 1f s

    = + cos . (13)

    Bringing these expressions for and vector mesons into ratios with EM coupling constants (9), respectively, onecan get rid of the unknown parameter and comes to the relations

    ( f (i)NN/ fs) =


    sin sin( + 0) ( f

    (i)NN/ f


    ( f (i)NN/ fs ) =


    cos cos( + 0) ( f

    (i)NN/ f

    e ) (i = 1, 2) (14)

    giving a possibility to calculate the unknown strange coupling constant ratios (parameters of strange nucleon FFs)from the known EM coupling constant ratios (parameters of EM nucleon FFs) to be determined in a description of allexisting nucleon EM FF data by a suitable model of the EM structure of nucleons.

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    The derived relations (14) are also valid for any pairs of excited states ,; ,; etc. of the ground state of and isoscalar vectormesons.

    3. Prediction of strange nucleon FFs behaviors

    For this aim we will use U&A model of the nucleon EM structure [7], which comprises all known nucleon FFproperties to be contained in the following models of isoscalar parts of Dirac and Pauli nucleon EM FFs

    F I=01 [V (t)] =(1 V 21 V 2N

    )4 {12L(V)L(V)+


    (C C)(C C)

    L(V)L(V) (C C)(C C) L(V


    ]( f (1)NN/ f



    (C C)(C C)

    L(V)L(V) (C C)(C C) L(V


    ]( f (1)NN/ f

    e )


    F I=02 [V (t)] =(1 V 21 V 2N

    )6 {L(V)L(V)L(V)

    [1 C

    (C C)((C C)

    C (C C)


    )] ( f (2)NN/ f e)+ L(V)L(V)L(V)[1 C

    (C C)((C C)

    C (C C)


    )]( f (2)NN/ f

    e )


    and of the Dirac and Pauli strange nucleon FFs

    F s1 [V (t)] =(1 V 21 V 2N

    )4 {[L(V)L(V)

    (C C)(C C) L(V

    )L(V)(C C)(C C)

    L(V)L(V)]( f (1)NN/ f