Chiral symmetry and effective field theories for hadronic, nuclear and stellar matter: http://arxiv.org/abs/1411.6681
Chiral symmetry, first entering in nuclear physics in the 1970's for which Gerry Brown played a seminal role, has led to a stunningly successful framework for describing strongly-correlated nuclear dynamics both in finite and infinite systems. We review how the early germinal idea, conceived with the soft-pion theorems in the pre-QCD era, has evolved into a highly predictive theoretical framework for nuclear physics, aptly assessed by Steven Weinberg: "it (chiral effective field theory) allows one to show in a fairly convincing way that what they (nuclear physicists) have been doing all along... is the correct first step in a consistent approximation scheme." Our review recounts both how the theory presently fares in confronting Nature and how one can understand its extremely intricate workings in terms of the multifaceted aspects of chiral symmetry, namely, chiral perturbation theory, skyrmions, Landau Fermi-liquid theory, the Cheshire cat phenomenon, and hidden local and mended symmetries.
Nuclear Structure at the Crossroads: https://arxiv.org/abs/2107.00413
R.J. Furnstahl, H.-W. Hammer, A. Schwenk
Steven Weinberg's seminal papers from 1990-92 initiated the use of effective field theories (EFTs) for nuclei. We summarize progress, priorities, and open questions for nuclear EFT developments based on the 2019 INT program "Nuclear Structure at the Crossroads."
Comments: 15 pages, Contribution to Special Issue: Celebrating 30 years of Steven Weinberg's papers on Nuclear Forces from Chiral Lagrangians
What hath Weinberg wrought? Reflections on what Weinberg's papers on 'Nuclear Forces from Chiral Lagrangians' did and did not accomplish: https://arxiv.org/abs/2107.03558
Daniel R. Phillips
I discuss selected legacies of Weinberg's application of chiral Lagrangians to nuclear physics: (1) the use of the chiral expansion to organize the interaction of pions and photons with a nucleus; (2) the much-debated question of why and how the potential derived from a chiral Lagrangian should be inserted in the Schrodinger equation; (3) the emergence of "pionless EFT" as a tool for diagnosing universal correlations that are present in quantum few-body systems of very different sizes, and, perhaps most important of all, (4) an epistemological shift in what is expected of a nuclear-physics calculation.
Comments: 18 pages, 2 figures. Contribution to Special Issue of Few-Body Systems: Celebrating 30 years of Steven Weinberg's papers on Nuclear Forces from Chiral Lagrangians