As in the case of the hydrogen atom, bound-state wave functions are needed to generate hadronic spectra. For this purpose, in 1971, Feynman and his students wrote down a Lorentz-invariant harmonic oscillator equation. This differential equation has one set of solutions satisfying the Lorentz-covariant boundary condition. This covariant set generates Lorentz-invariant mass spectra with their degeneracies. Furthermore, the Lorentz-covariant wave functions allow us to calculate the valence parton distribution by Lorentz-boosting the quark-model wave function from the hadronic rest frame. However, this boosted wave function does not give an accurate parton distribution. The wave function needs QCD corrections to make a contact with the real world. Likewise QCD needs the wave function as a starting point for calculating the parton structure function.
- Pub Date:
- July 2009
- High Energy Physics - Phenomenology;
- High Energy Physics - Theory;
- Quantum Physics
- 8 pages, 3 figures, presented at the "Excited QCD" (Zakopane, Poland, February 2009)