Do we know how to count powers in pionless and pionful effective field theory?


In this article I summarize recent progress in the effective field theory approach to low energy nuclear systems, with a focus on the power counting issue. In the pionless sector, where the power counting is quite well understood at the nucleon-nucleon (NN) level, I discuss some recent developments toward few- and many-body calculations. In the pionful sector, I focus on the actively debated issue of power counting in the NN sector and some recent developments toward a model-independent NN interaction. Finally, the scenario that the power counting might depend on the number of particles is discussed.Comment: 19 pages, 1 figure. Contributions to the EPJA topical issue: The tower of effective (field) theories and the emergence of nuclear phenomena. Published versio

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