The results of a search for K- p → π0 π0 π0 Λ (where the 3π0,s are not from η-meson decay) are presented. The data were obtained with the Crystal Ball spectrometer at eight beam momenta from 514 to 750 MeV/c. For the six beam momenta below pk- = 714 MeV/c, no signal was found; the 90% C.L. upper limit obtained for the K- p → 3 π0 Λ total cross section σt varies between 2 and 7 μb. This small upper limit is indicative that spontaneous π0 emission is insignificant, since the K- p → π0 π 0 π0 Λ threshold is at pk- = 397 MeV/c. A signal was observed only at pk- = 750 MeV/c, with σt = 25±7 μb. These results can be explained only if triple π0 production goes predominantly by hyperon resonance deexcitation, K- p → ∑* → π 0Λ*. There are several candidates for the ∑* but only one for the Λ*, namely, the Λ(1520)3-/2, as the threshold for K- p → π0 Λ (1520) is p k- = 704 MeV/c.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics|
|State||Published - Jul 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics