Virtual Compton Scattering

J. Shaw

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Virtual Compton Scattering (VCS) below pion threshold has emerged as a powerful technique to study the dynamics of the nucleon polarizabilities. Complementary experiments have been conducted across a wide range of momentum transfer at Bates, Mainz, and Jefferson Lab. These labs have successfully tackled the experimental challenges of VCS in different ways. These will be discussed and an overview of the present experimental status will be given. Finally, I will discuss new proposals to investigate the generalized spin polarizabilities.