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Results of $$bar{K}NN$$ search via the $$(K^-, n)$$ reaction at J-PARC

Yamaga, Takumi*; Hashimoto, Tadashi; Tanida, Kiyoshi; 66 of others*

There is a long-standing argument of the existence of kaonic nucleus, which is a bound state of anti-kaon and nucleus. Theoretically, its existence is strongly supported, however its binding energy and width have not been established yet. It is strongly desired to have an experiment to investigate the simplest kaonic nucleus, so-called $$K^-pp$$ bound state. We performed an experiment to search for $$K^-pp$$ via the in-flight $$(K^-, n)$$ reaction at J-PARC. By studying $$Lambda p$$ invariant mass spectrum in the $$Lambda pn$$ final state and its dependence on momentum transfer of $$K^{-}N to bar{K}N$$, we observed a resonant state located below $$M_{K^{-}pp}$$. The mass and width of this resonant state are $$2324 pm 3(textit{stat}.)_{-3}^{+6}(textit{syst}.)$$ MeV/$$c^2$$, and $$115 pm 7(textit{stat}.)_{-20}^{+10}(textit{syst}.)$$ MeV, respectively, which can be naturally interpreted as a theoretically predicted $$K^-pp$$ bound state.

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