This paper reports new experimental results on the annihilation of antiprotons stopped in a He-4 gas target. The measurement was carried out with the Obelix spectrometer installed at the LEAR machine of CERN. Main results can be-summarized as follows. (i) The invariant mass distribution of 2pi+2pi- produced at rest is similar to those from hydrogen and deuterium targets: the peak seen in recent experiments around 1150 MeV/c2 is absent. (ii) 2pi angular correlations are very close to those found for hydrogen. The nuclear structure does not modify remarkably the pion production and emission. (iii) pip and pp angular correlations are strongly peaked close to 180-degrees, in qualitative agreement with INC model predictions. (iv) The pp invariant mass distribution reveals events which may be due to eta(omega) absorption; the estimated upper limit for probability of eta and omega absorption is about 3 x 10(-3). (v) Events having features compatible with two-nucleon annihilations with production of heavy mesonic systems are detected both in the 2pi+2pi- and the 2pi-pi+ channels. The production rate of the 2pi+2pi-channel is of the order of 5 x 10(-3).

An experimental study of antiproton-4He annihilation at rest

MARGAGLIOTTI, GIACOMO;
1994

Abstract

This paper reports new experimental results on the annihilation of antiprotons stopped in a He-4 gas target. The measurement was carried out with the Obelix spectrometer installed at the LEAR machine of CERN. Main results can be-summarized as follows. (i) The invariant mass distribution of 2pi+2pi- produced at rest is similar to those from hydrogen and deuterium targets: the peak seen in recent experiments around 1150 MeV/c2 is absent. (ii) 2pi angular correlations are very close to those found for hydrogen. The nuclear structure does not modify remarkably the pion production and emission. (iii) pip and pp angular correlations are strongly peaked close to 180-degrees, in qualitative agreement with INC model predictions. (iv) The pp invariant mass distribution reveals events which may be due to eta(omega) absorption; the estimated upper limit for probability of eta and omega absorption is about 3 x 10(-3). (v) Events having features compatible with two-nucleon annihilations with production of heavy mesonic systems are detected both in the 2pi+2pi- and the 2pi-pi+ channels. The production rate of the 2pi+2pi-channel is of the order of 5 x 10(-3).
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