Phenomenology of large Nc QCD

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These lectures are designed to introduce the methods and results of large Nc QCD in a presentation intended for nuclear and particle physicists alike. Beginning with definitions and motivations of the approach, we demonstrate that all quark and gluon Feynman diagrams are organized into classes based on powers of 1/Nc. We then show that this result can be translated into definite statements about mesons and baryons containing arbitrary numbers of constituents. In the mesons, numerous well-known phenomenological properties follow as immediate consequences of simply counting powers of Nc, while for the baryons, quantitative large Nc analyses of masses and other properties are seen to agree with experiment, even when "large" Nc is set equal to its observed value of 3. Large Nc reasoning is also used to explain some simple features of nuclear interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1273-1306
Number of pages34
JournalCzechoslovak Journal of Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes

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