Radiative corrections to electron-proton scattering
The radiative corrections to elastic electron-proton scattering are analyzed in a hadronic model including the finite size of the nucleon. For initial electron energies above 8 GeV and large scattering angles, the proton vertex correction in this model increases by at least 2% of the overall factor by which the one-photon exchange cross section must be multiplied. In addition, we refine the mathematical treatment, removing many of the approximations made in the generally used expressions previously obtained by Mo and Tsai. In particular, the contribution of soft photon emission is calculated exactly. Results are presented for some kinematics at high momentum transfer and compared with the expressions of Mo and Tsai.