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How do I relate the topological $\theta_\text{QCD}$ parameter to the electric dipole moment (EDM) of the neutron?

I am very familiar with chiral perturbation theory. I just need to know how to take $\theta_\text{QCD}$ into account.

Any good sources?

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The phenomenological relevant parameter is not the coefficient of the topological term $\theta_{QCD}$ but the combination: $$\theta\equiv\theta_{QCD}+\sum _q Arg \{ m_q\}$$ since one may transform the first term into the second through field redefinitions. I do not know the precise derivation of the relation between $\theta$ and the neutron's electric dipole moment $\mathcal{D}$, but a good estimate is the following. (Sorry if this is not enough for you but it could be interesting for other readers).

$\mathcal{D}$ must vanish if either the up quark or the down quark were massless and if $\theta$ were zero. Moreover, $\mathcal{D}$ has dimensions of electric charge times length and must be suppressed by $\Lambda_{QCD}$. An expression which verifies the previous requirements is:

$$\mathcal{D}\approx {\hbar \, \theta \,e\over \Lambda_{QCD}^2} \frac{m_u \cdot m_d }{m_u + m_d } $$

The experimental constraint on $\mathcal{D}$ is: $$| \mathcal{D}|< 6 \cdot 10^{-26}e \cdot \mbox{cm}$$ giving rise to:$$\theta \lesssim 5\cdot10^{-10}$$
which is in agreement with the constraint reported.

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Thanks for the rough sketch. But as you correctly presume, I am looking for a more detailed and thorough computation. – QuantumDot Sep 8 '12 at 4:09
@QuantumDot I have gone throw Weinberg vol II and his estimate is not better than "mine" (I don't remember where I read it), but he refers to V. Baluni PRD (1978) and Veneziano, Witten et al. PLB (1979) – Diego Mazón Sep 8 '12 at 4:50
Try this – Physics Monkey Sep 8 '12 at 11:38

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