Mass and width of the ρ-meson in a nuclear medium from Brown-Rho scaling and QCD sum rules


Journal Article

We explore the range of values of the in-medium width of a ρ-meson at rest which is compatibale with the QCD sum rule approach in a nuclear medium assuming vector meson dominance and a Brown-Rho scaling law of the ρ-meson mass with the chiral condensate. The lower and upper bounds for the in-medium width are found to be strongly increasing with the decreasing mass of the ρ-meson (increasing nuclear density). We also study the bounds for the in-medium width in models not satisfying the Brown-Rho scaling law. It is shown that the in-medium width depends on how rapidly the mass decreases in comparison to the change of the quark condensate. The bounds for the in-medium width increase with density only if the relative change of the quark condensate is stronger than the relative decrease in mass. This is important for experimental tests of the Brown-Rho scaling paradigm and other dropping ρ-mass scenarios. © 2006 The American Physical Society.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ruppert, J; Renk, T; Müller, B

Published Date

  • January 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 73 / 3

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1089-490X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0556-2813

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevC.73.034907

Citation Source

  • Scopus