ISSN - 00346861, EISSN - 15390756, Reviews of Modern Physics, 2011, vol. 83, p. 1545-1588
Hadron production via e+e- collisions with initial state radiation
A novel method of studying e+e- annihilation into hadrons using initial state radiation at e+e- colliders is described. After a brief history of the method, its theoretical foundations are considered. Numerous experiments in which exclusive cross sections of e +e- annihilation into hadrons below the center-of-mass energy of 5 GeV have been measured are presented. Some applications of the experimental results to fundamental tests of the standard model are listed. © 2011 American Physical Society.