Decays of the f0(1370) scalar glueball candidate in pp Central Exclusive Production (CEP) and in antiproton annihilations at rest
Via Saragat 1, 44122 Ferrara,
Published online: 14 November 2018
Decays into π+π- of the f0(1370) are the main source of an isolated structure localized between 1.2 and 1.5 GeV in the π+π- mass spectrum measured in pp Central Exclusive Production (CEP) at √s=200 GeV at very low four momentum transfer ltl by the STAR experiment. These data confirm in the π+π- decay channel the existence of the f0(1370) as an isolated well identified structure previously observed in K+K-, KsKs, π+π-π+π-, 2π0π+π- and 4π0 decays measured in pbar annihilations at rest. The ensemble of these data point at a high gg content of the f0(1370). CEP interactions at higher energies favour production of 0++ and 2++ mesons. Selection of events with lower ltl at both proton vertices suppresses 2++ structures. LHC runs dedicated to pp CEP measurements at low ltl could then provide a unique source of all the low energy scalars. This would make it clear if and where scalar gluonium is resident and the nature (composition in terms of qqbar, qqqbarqbar, qqbar-qqbar and gg) of f0(500), f0(980), f0(1370), f0(1500) and f0(1710).
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