Evidence of Ξ hypernuclear production in the 12C(K-,K+)12ΞBe reaction

P. Khaustov, D. E. Alburger, P. D. Barnes, B. Bassalleck, A. R. Berdoz, A. Biglan, T. Bürger, D. S. Carman, R. E. Chrien, C. A. Davis, H. Fischer, G. B. Franklin, J. Franz, L. Gan, A. Ichikawa, T. Iijima, K. Imai, Y. Kondo, P. Koran, M. LandryL. Lee, J. Lowe, R. Magahiz, M. May, R. McCrady, C. A. Meyer, F. Merrill, T. Motoba, S. A. Page, K. Paschke, P. H. Pile, B. Quinn, W. D. Ramsay, A. Rusek, R. Sawafta, H. Schmitt, R. A. Schumacher, R. W. Stotzer, R. Sutter, F. Takeutchi, W. T.H. Van Oers, K. Yamamoto, Y. Yamamoto, M. Yosoi, V. J. Zeps

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The E885 Collaboration utilized the 1.8 GeV/cK- beam line at the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS) to accumulate greater than 10 times the world's existing data sample of (K-,K+) events on carbon. A total of about 3 × 105 (K-,K+) events were collected and analyzed. Ξ hypernuclear states are expected to be produced through the reaction K-+ 12C-→K++ 12ΞBe. A signal could also result from direct production of 11ΛBe + Λ without a distinct Ξ intermediate state. The measured missing-mass spectrum indicates the existence of a signal below the threshold for free Ξ- production that cannot be explained by background or effects of limited resolution. Although the resolution was not sufficient to resolve discrete hypernuclear states, the excess of events in the region of missing mass, kinematically inaccessible in free Ξ- production, can be compared with theoretical predictions for 12ΞBe production. Reasonable agreement between the data and theory is achieved by assuming a Ξ-nucleus potential well depth V of about 14 MeV within the Woods-Saxon prescription.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054603
Pages (from-to)546031-546037
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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