A determination of the spin and parity of the Λ(1405) is presented using photoproduction data from the CLAS detector at Jefferson Lab. The reaction γ+p→K++Λ(1405) is analyzed in the decay channel Λ(1405)→Σ++π-, where the decay distribution to Σ+π- and the variation of the Σ+ polarization with respect to the Λ(1405) polarization direction determines the parity. The Λ(1405) is produced, in the energy range 2.55<W<2.85 GeV and for 0.6<cosθK+c.m.<0.9, with polarization P=0.45±0.02(stat) ±0.07(syst). The analysis shows that the decays are in S wave, with the Σ+ polarized such that the Λ(1405) has spin-parity JP=12-, as expected by most theories.
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