The Proton Spin Puzzle

For 20 years QCD has been unable to guess the structure of the most common stable hadron, the proton. This is exemplified in the “Proton Spin Puzzle.” A recent review article:

The proton spin puzzle: where are we today?
Steven D. Bass Invited Brief Review for Modern Physics Letters A, 17 pages
The proton spin puzzle has challenged our understanding of QCD for the last 20 years. New measurements of polarized glue, valence and sea quark polarization, including strange quark polarization, are available. What is new and exciting in the data, and what might this tell us about the structure of the proton ? The proton spin puzzle seems to be telling us about the interplay of valence quarks with the complex vacuum structure of QCD.
http://arxiv.org/abs/0905.4619
Mod.Phys.Lett.A24:1087-1101,2009

The conclusion ends with the following (my emphasis):

“The spin puzzle appears to be a property of the valence quarks. Given that SU(3) works well, within 20%, in beta decays and the corresponding axial-charges, then the difference between g_a^{(0)}|_{pDIS} and g_a^{(8)} suggests a finite subtraction in the g1 spin dispersion relation. If there is a finite subtraction constant, polarized high-energy processes are not measuring the full singlet axial-charge: g_a^{(0)} and the partonic contribution g_a^{(0)}|_{pDIS}= g_a^{(0)}-C_\infty can be different. Since the topological subtraction constant term affects just the first moment of g1 and not the higher moments it behaves like polarization at zero energy and zero momentum. The proton spin puzzle seems to be telling us about the interplay of valence quarks with the complex vacuum structure of QCD.”

My theory for quarks involves analyzing the interaction between the valence quarks and the sea in the quantum information theory limit, that is, when position and momentum are ignored. I represent color bound states as 3×3 matrices. (See equation (41) of Spin Path Integrals and Generations). The diagonal entries on the matrix are propagators for color not being changed. For a proton, these are the valence quarks. The off diagonal entries are color changing, these correspond to the activity of gluons.

I end up with three solutions to the bound state problem. In terms of absolute values (i.e. ignoring colors), the solutions are 1-circulant; each row of the 3×3 matrix is the same as the one above. There are six off diagonal entries and three diagonal entries. So naively, the contribution from the valence quarks is about half the contribution from the sea. So as far as back of envelope calculations, I would have the spin contribution from the valence quarks at around 0.33 of the total proton spin.

Equation (6) from the review article:
g_a^{(0)}|_{pDIS,Q^2\to\infty} = 0.33 \pm 0.03(stat.) \pm 0.05(syst.)
In the parton model, this is “interpreted as the fraction of the proton’s spin which is carried by the intrinsic spin of its quark and antiquark constituents.” According to the paper, a puzzle is “Why is the quark spin content … so small?” But in my theory, 1/3 is a natural value for the percentage of the proton that is quark as opposed to sea.

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4 responses to “The Proton Spin Puzzle

  1. Rhys

    Carl, they are talking about flavour SU(3), which is of course completely different to colour SU(3). I was very clear in my comments that I was talking about colour SU(3). From what I can tell, your theory violates this fundamental symmetry of the universe.

  2. carlbrannen

    Rhys, you’re right that they’re talking about flavor SU(3) in the paper. My bad, corrected. But you’re still wrong in assuming that SU(3) is the only force between quarks in hadrons. Once again, my theory is about quarks (which are complicated objects) not about SU(3) per se.

  3. A new perspective at the Proton Spin:

    Structural and dynamical significance of the proton g-factor http://personales.ya.com/sardin/articles/proton-g-factor.pdf

    Those interested in NEW PHYSICS may also read the following articles:

    Fundamentals of the Orbital Model of Elementary Particles
    http://arxiv.org/ftp/hep-ph/papers/0102/0102268.pdf

    Nature and Quantization of the Proton Mass: An Electromagnetic Model
    http://arxiv.org/ftp/physics/papers/0512/0512108.pdf

    And have a look at the following clip:

    LHC Predictions: Standard Model vs. Orbital Model
    http://www.youtube.com/user/gsardin

  4. A sea of gluons and virtual quark anti-quark pairs is also present and this plays an important role for instance in accounting for the proton s total spin see also October 2005 p15 contributes to other properties of the nucleon. The electrons are polarized meaning that they are spinning either along their direction of travel right-handed or opposite to it left-handed .

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