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The isospin structure of photoproduction of πη pairs from the nucleon in the threshold region

(A2 Collaboration at MAMI) Käser, A.; Korolija, Milorad; Mekterović, Darko; Supek, Ivan; Witthauer, L. (2015) The isospin structure of photoproduction of πη pairs from the nucleon in the threshold region. Physics letters. B, 748 . pp. 244-250. ISSN 0370-2693

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Photoproduction of πη -pairs from nucleons has been investigated from threshold up to incident photon energies of ≈ 1.4 GeV. The quasi-free reactions γp→pπ0η , γn→nπ0η , γp→nπ+η , and γn→pπ−η were for the first time measured from nucleons bound in the deuteron. The corresponding reactions from a free-proton target were also studied to investigate final-state interaction effects (for neutral pions the free-proton results could be compared to previous measurements ; the γp→nπ+η reaction was measured for the first time). For the π0η final state coherent production via the γd→dπ0η reaction was also investigated. The experiments were performed at the tagged photon beam of the Mainz MAMI accelerator using an almost 4 π coverage electromagnetic calorimeter composed of the Crystal Ball and TAPS detectors. The total cross sections for the four different final states obey the relation σ(pπ0η)≈σ(nπ0η)≈2σ(pπ−η)≈2σ(nπ+η) as expected for a dominant contribution from a Δ⋆→ηΔ(1232)→πηN reaction chain, which is also supported by the shapes of the invariant-mass distributions of nucleon–meson and π – η pairs. The experimental results are compared to the predictions from an isobar reaction model.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: photoproduction; final-state interaction; total cross section; Delta(1232) structure; deuteron; isospin, MAMI
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Divisions: Division of Experimental Physics
Depositing User: Milorad Korolija
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 12:21
DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2015.07.007

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