### Abstract

Using the QCD operator product expansion, we derive the real part of the transverse and longitudinal vector-vector correlation function with the quantum numbers of the ρ and ω mesons to leading order in density and three-momentum (q^{2}) for ω^{2} → -∞. The operator product expansion provides, through the Borel transformed energy dispersion relation, a model independent constraint for the momentum dependence of the vector-meson spectral density in nuclear matter. Existing model calculations for the dispersion effect of the ρ, where the vector-meson nucleon scattering amplitude is obtained by resonance saturation in the s-channel, in general violate this constraint. We trace this to an inconsistent choice for the form factor of the ΔNρ vertex. With a consistent choice, where both the form factor and the coupling constant are obtained from the Bonn potential, the contribution of the Δ is substantially reduced and we find good agreement with the constraint equation. We briefly comment on the implications of our result for attempts to interpret the enhancement of low-mass dileptons in heavy-ion collisions.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 91-111 |

Number of pages | 21 |

Journal | Nuclear Physics A |

Volume | 653 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 1999 Jun 28 |

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### All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Nuclear and High Energy Physics

### Cite this

*Nuclear Physics A*,

*653*(1), 91-111. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0375-9474(99)00171-2