Wednesday, May 8, 2013

1305.1523 (The GlueX Collaboration et al.)

An initial study of mesons and baryons containing strange quarks with

The GlueX Collaboration, A. AlekSejevs, S. Barkanova, M. Dugger, B. Ritchie, I. Senderovich, E. Anassontzis, P. Ioannou, C. Kourkoumeli, G. Voulgaris, N. Jarvis, W. Levine, P. Mattione, W. McGinley, C. A. Meyer, R. Schumacher, M. Staib, P. Collins, F. Klein, D. Sober, D. Doughty, A. Barnes, R. Jones, J. McIntyre, F. Mokaya, B. Pratt, W. Boeglin, L. Guo, P. Khetarpal, E. Pooser, J. Reinhold, H. Al Ghoul, S. Capstick, V. Crede, P. Eugenio, A. Ostrovidov, N. Sparks, A. Tsaris, D. Ireland, K. Livingston, D. Bennett, J. Bennett, J. Frye, M. Lara, J. Leckey, R. Mitchell, K. Moriya, M. R. Shepherd, A. Szczepaniak, R. Miskimen, A. Mushkarenkov, B. Guegan, J. Hardin, J. Stevens, M. Williams, A. Ponosov, S. Somov, C. Salgado, P. Ambrozewicz, A. Gasparian, R. Pedroni, T. Black, L. Gan, S. Dobbs, K. K. Seth, A. Tomaradze, J. Dudek, F. Close, E. Swanson, S. Denisov, G. Huber, D. Kolybaba, S. Krueger, G. Lolos, Z. Papandreou, A. Semenov, I. Semenova, M. Tahani, W. Brooks, H. Hakobyan, S. Kuleshov, O. Soto, A. Toro, I. Vega, R. White, F. Barbosa, E. Chudakov, H. Egiyan, M. Ito, D. Lawrence, M. McCaughan, M. Pennington, L. Pentchev, Y. Qiang, E. S. Smith, A. Somov, S. Taylor, T. Whitlatch, E. Wolin, B. Zihlmann
The primary motivation of the GlueX experiment is to search for and ultimately study the pattern of gluonic excitations in the meson spectrum produced in $\gamma p$ collisions. Recent lattice QCD calculations predict a rich spectrum of hybrid mesons that have both exotic and non-exotic $J^{PC}$, corresponding to $q\bar{q}$ states ($q=u,$ $d,$ or $s$) coupled with a gluonic field. A thorough study of the hybrid spectrum, including the identification of the isovector triplet, with charges 0 and $\pm1$, and both isoscalar members, $|s\bar{s}\ >$ and $|u\bar{u}\ > + |d\bar{d}\ >$, for each predicted hybrid combination of $J^{PC}$, may only be achieved by conducting a systematic amplitude analysis of many different hadronic final states. Detailed studies of the performance of the \gx detector have indicated that identification of particular final states with kaons is possible using the baseline detector configuration. The efficiency of kaon detection coupled with the relatively lower production cross section for particles containing hidden strangeness will require a high intensity run in order for analyses of such states to be feasible. We propose to collect a total of 200 days of physics analysis data at an average intensity of $5\times 10^7$ tagged photons on target per second. This data sample will provide an order of magnitude statistical improvement over the initial GlueX running, which will allow us to begin a program of studying mesons and baryons containing strange quarks. In addition, the increased intensity will permit us to study reactions that may have been statistically limited in the initial phases of GlueX. Overall, this will lead to a significant increase in the potential for \gx to make key experimental advances in our knowledge of hybrid mesons and excited $\Xi$ baryons.
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