Measurement of strange baryon–antibaryon interactions with femtoscopic correlations

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Abstract

Two-particle correlation functions were measured for pp‾, pΛ‾, p‾Λ, and ΛΛ‾ pairs in Pb–Pb collisions at sNN=2.76 TeV and sNN=5.02 TeV recorded by the ALICE detector. From a simultaneous fit to all obtained correlation functions, real and imaginary components of the scattering lengths, as well as the effective ranges, were extracted for combined pΛ‾ and p‾Λ pairs and, for the first time, for ΛΛ‾ pairs. Effective averaged scattering parameters for heavier baryon–antibaryon pairs, not measured directly, are also provided. The results reveal similarly strong interaction between measured baryon–antibaryon pairs, suggesting that they all annihilate in the same manner at the same pair relative momentum k⁎. Moreover, the reported significant non-zero imaginary part and negative real part of the scattering length provide motivation for future baryon–antibaryon bound state searches.

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  • Homi Bhabha National Institute
  • Niels Bohr Institute
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre
  • University of Brescia
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  • Subatomic Physics
Original languageEnglish
Article number135223
JournalPhysics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics
Volume802
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Mar 10
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes