Measurement of the branching ratio for η→π0γγ decay

S. Prakhov, B. M K Nefkens, C. E. Allgower, V. Bekrenev, W. J. Briscoe, M. Clajus, J. R. Comfort, K. Craig, D. Grosnick, G. M. Huber, D. Isenhower, N. Knecht, D. Koetke, A. Koulbardis, N. Kozlenko, S. Kruglov, G. Lolos, I. Lopatin, D. M. Manley, R. ManweilerA. Maruić, S. McDonald, J. Olmsted, Z. Papandreou, D. Peaslee, N. Phaisangittisakul, J. W. Price, A. F. Ramirez, M. Sadler, A. Shafi, H. Spinka, T. D S Stanislaus, A. Starostin, H. M. Staudenmaier, I. Supek, W. B. Tippens

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The branching ratio (BR) for the rare decay η→π0γγ was measured with the Crystal Ball multiphoton spectrometer. The result, BR(η→π0γγ)=(3.5±0.7stat±0.6syst) ×10-4, is in agreement with calculations of chiral perturbation theory to third order. We have used a sample of 28 million η mesons produced at the BNL Alternating Gradient Synchrotron using the π-p→ηn reaction close to threshold. We detail the intricate extraction of the signal, which has about 1.6 thousand η→π0γγ events, from the overwhelming background of η→3π0 decays and from the π-p→π0π0n reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number025201
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2005

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    Prakhov, S., Nefkens, B. M. K., Allgower, C. E., Bekrenev, V., Briscoe, W. J., Clajus, M., Comfort, J. R., Craig, K., Grosnick, D., Huber, G. M., Isenhower, D., Knecht, N., Koetke, D., Koulbardis, A., Kozlenko, N., Kruglov, S., Lolos, G., Lopatin, I., Manley, D. M., ... Tippens, W. B. (2005). Measurement of the branching ratio for η→π0γγ decay. Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics, 72(2), [025201].