Stopped-Ξ-12C reactions have been investigated with respect to H-dibaryon and hypernucleus formation with a scintillating fiber detector. Out of 5.5×103 tagged Ξ- particles via the (K-,K+) reaction we obtained 72 stopping Ξ- events with 6.7+1.1-1.4 background events after imposing kinematic constraints. Hypernuclear production has been studied by observing free Λ decays in the stopped-Ξ- reactions. From the observed Λ momentum spectrum, we have found the hypernuclear production rates to be 18±13, 65±6, and 17±12 % for double/twin-A hypernucleus, single-Λ hypernucleus, and no hypernucleus cases, respectively. With the same sample, we set upper limits on R (stopped-Ξ-12C→HX /stopped-Ξ-12C→ all) for H decaying into Λn, Σ-p, and Λpπ-, for H masses just below ΛΛ mass threshold and for H lifetime range 10-11≤τH≤10-8 s. The upper limits on R are ∼0.1-0.2, assuming all of the H decay into each decay mode. Our results give a tight constraint on the existence of the bound H, in comparison with the theoretical estimates of Aerts and Dover, albeit with different target nuclei.
|Number of pages||4968102|
|Journal||Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2000|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics