Search for a Λnn bound state in Pb-Pb collisions with ALICE at the LHC
Universitá Degli Studi di Foggia
2 INFN Sezione di Bari
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Published online: 14 November 2018
The extreme energy densities reached at the LHC lead to the production of a significant amount of baryons and strangeness. Such a regime allows for an increased production of potentially existing exotic QCD bound states containing nuclei and strange hadrons. An interesting measurement for the phenomenology of the nuclear interaction is the presence of a neutral bound state constituted by one Λ and two neutrons. The excellent particle identification, tracking and vertexing performance of the ALICE experiment allow for the search of this exotic bound state in the decay channel Λnn →3H+π- in Pb-Pb collisions. In order to improve detection of this state despite the presence of a huge combinatorial background, the extraction of the signal is performed by means of a multivariate approach with the TMVA (Toolkit for Multivariate Data Analysis with ROOT). So far the indication for the existence of the Λnn state was reported only by the HypHI Collaboration, so the observation by ALICE would crucially contribute to the study of such an exotic state.
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