Search for Θ+(1540) pentaquark in high-statistics measurement of γp→K̄0K+n at CLAS

M. Battaglieri, R. de Vita, V. Kubarovsky, L. Guo, G. S. Mutchler, P. Stoler, D. P. Weygand, P. Ambrozewicz, M. Anghinolfi, G. Asryan, H. Avakian, H. Bagdasaryan, N. Baillie, J. P. Ball, N. A. Baltzell, V. Batourine, I. Bedlinskiy, M. Bellis, N. Benmouna, B. L. BermanA. S. Biselli, S. Bouchigny, S. Boiarinov, R. Bradford, D. Branford, W. J. Briscoe, W. K. Brooks, S. Bültmann, V. D. Burkert, C. Butuceanu, J. R. Calarco, S. L. Careccia, D. S. Carman, S. Chen, E. Clinton, P. L. Cole, P. Coltharp, D. Crabb, H. Crannell, J. P. Cummings, D. Dale, E. de Sanctis, P. V. Degtyarenko, A. Deur, K. V. Dharmawardane, C. Djalali, G. E. Dodge, J. Donnelly, D. Doughty, M. Dugger

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The exclusive reaction γp→K̄0K+n was studied in the photon energy range between 1.6 and 3.8 GeV searching for evidence of the exotic baryon Θ+(1540)→nK+. The decay to nK+ requires the assignment of strangeness S=+1 to any observed resonance. Data were collected with the CLAS detector at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 70pb-1. No evidence for the Θ+ pentaquark was found. Upper limits were set on the production cross section as function of center-of-mass angle and nK+ mass. The 95% C.L. upper limit on the total cross section for a narrow resonance at 1540 MeV was found to be 0.8 nb.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number042001
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2006

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