Chiral effective field theories of the strong interactions
1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA
2 Institut für Kernphysik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, 55099 Mainz, Germany
Revised: 21 July 2011
Published online: 23 September 2011
Effective field theories of the strong interactions based on the approximate chiral symmetry of QCD provide a model-independent approach to low-energy hadron physics. We give a brief introduction to mesonic and baryonic chiral perturbation theory and discuss a number of applications. We also consider the effective field theory including vector and axial-vector mesons.
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