Search for weakly decaying Λ̅ n̅ and ΛΛ exotic bound states in central Pb–Pb collisions at √sNN = 2.76 TeV
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We present results of a search for two hypothetical strange dibaryon states, i.e. the H-dibaryon and the possible Λ̅n̅ bound state. The search is performed with the ALICE detector in central (0–10%) Pb–Pb collisions at √sNN = 2.76 TeV, by invariant mass analysis in the decay modes Λ̅ ̅n̅→ d̅π+ and H-dibaryon → Λpπ-. No evidence for these bound states is observed. Upper limits are determined at 99% confidence level for a wide range of lifetimes and for the full range of branching ratios. The results are compared to thermal, coalescence and hybrid UrQMD model expectations, which describe correctly the production of other loosely bound states, like the deuteron and the hypertriton.
Lee Barnby - Physics Working Group Convenor at inception and during writing, responsible for approving analysis
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Physics Letters B|
|Publication status||Published - 10 Jan 2016|