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Photon and vector meson exchanges in the production of light meson pairs and elementary atoms

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Abstract:

The production of pseudoscalar and scalar meson pairs ππ, ηη, η′η′, σσ as well as bound states in high energy γγ collisions are considered. The exchange by a vector particle in the binary process γ + γ → ha + hb with hadronic states ha , hb in fragmentation regions of the initial particle leads to nondecreasing cross sections with increasing energy, that is a priority of peripheral kinematics. Unlike the photon exchange the vector meson exchange needs a reggeization leading to fall with energy growth. Nevertheless, due to the peripheral kinematics beyond very forward production angles the vector meson exchanges dominate over all possible exchanges. The proposed approach allows one to express the matrix elements of the considered processes through impacting factors, which can be calculated in perturbation models like chiral perturbation theory (ChPT) or the Nambu–Jona–Lasinio (NJL) model. In particular cases the impact factors can be determined from relevant γγ sub-processes or the vector meson radiative decay width. The pionium atom production in the collisions of high energy electrons and pions with protons is considered and the relevant cross sections have been estimated.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0954-3899/40/1/015001

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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