Observation of a00 (980)-f0 (980) Mixing

(BESIII Collaboration)

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We report the first observation of a00(980)-f0(980) mixing in the decays of J/ψ→φf0(980)→φa00(980)→φηπ0 and χc1→a00(980)π0→f0(980)π0→π+π-π0, using data samples of 1.31×109 J/ψ events and 4.48×108 ψ(3686) events accumulated with the BESIII detector. The signals of f0(980)→a00(980) and a00(980)→f0(980) mixing are observed at levels of statistical significance of 7.4σ and 5.5σ, respectively. The corresponding branching fractions and mixing intensities are measured and the constraint regions on the coupling constants, ga0K+K- and gf0K+K-, are estimated. The results improve the understanding of the nature of a00(980) and f0(980).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number022001
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 11 2018

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Funding Information:
We would like to thank J. J. Wu for very helpful discussions. The BESIII Collaboration thanks the staff of BEPCII, the IHEP computing center and the supercomputing center of USTC for their strong support. This work is supported in part by National Key Basic Research Program of China under Contract No. 2015CB856700; National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Contracts No. 11125525, No. 11235011, No. 11322544, No. 11335008, No. 11425524, No. 11375170, No. 11275189, No. 11475169, No. 11475164, No. 11175189, No. 11675183, No. 11675184, No. 11705006, No. 11735014; the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Large-Scale Scientific Facility Program; the CAS Center for Excellence in Particle Physics (CCEPP); the Collaborative Innovation Center for Particles and Interactions (CICPI); Joint Large-Scale Scientific Facility Funds of the NSFC and CAS under Contracts No. 11179007, No. U1532102, No. U1232201, No. U1332201; CAS under Contracts No. KJCX2-YW-N29, No. KJCX2-YW-N45; 100 Talents Program of CAS; National 1000 Talents Program of China; Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astronomy and Cosmology (INPAC) and Shanghai Key Laboratory for Particle Physics and Cosmology; German Research Foundation DFG under Contract No. Collaborative Research Center CRC-1044; Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Italy; Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) under Contract No. 530-4CDP03; Ministry of Development of Turkey under Contract No. DPT2006K-120470; Russian Foundation for Basic Research under Contract No. 14-07-91152; The Swedish Research Council; U.S. Department of Energy under Contracts No. DE-FG02-05ER41374, No. DE-SC-0010118, No. DE-SC-0010504, No. DE-SC-0012069; U.S. National Science Foundation; University of Groningen (RuG) and the Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH (GSI), Darmstadt; WCU Program of National Research Foundation of Korea under Contract No. R32-2008-000-10155-0.

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