Neutral pion photoproduction on the nucleon near threshold is investigated using a dynamical model. Analytic properties of the final-state interaction amplitude in the energy region near n production threshold are examined in detail. It is shown that the commonly used procedure, based on an analytical continuation of the K matrix to the unphysical region, is not compatible to an approach incorporating full off-energy-shell dynamics. Our calculation indicates that the final-state interaction amplitude derived from a dynamical model could involve large cancellation between the different pion photoproduction mechanisms. This leads to the surprising result that the final-state interaction effect due to the intermediate p state can be as important as that due to the n intermediate state. At threshold, we obtain &. This number is close to the measured value of &. No violation of the low-energy theorem is required to obtain good agreement between the calculated total cross sections and experimental data from threshold to about 400-MeV incident photon energy.
- Received 4 August 1989
- Published in the issue dated January 1990
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