Chapter 5

- Isospin

Baryons with nonzero strangeness are called hyperons. The Σ baryons are produced in strong interactions, such as

K^{-} p --> π^{-} Σ^{+}.

The charged Σ's decay weakly (with a lifetime of order
10We can apply conservation of isospin to the production reaction, but
not to the weak or electromagnetic decays.
The K^{-}=subar and therefore has I,I_{3}=1/2, -1/2.
The proton is I,I_{3}=1/2, 1/2 while the π^{-} is I,I_{3}=1, -1.
The production reaction has

| K^{-}; 1/2, -1/2 > | p; 1/2, 1/2 > --> |
π^{-}; 1, -1 > | Σ^{+}; I, 1 >.

where the INext consider the strong scattering of a pion and a nucleon to a pion and a nucleon. The initial and final states are by the rules for combining angular momenta. (The above notation means if I combine states of isospin 1 and 1/2, then I'll get states of total isospin 3/2 or 1/2. The exact amounts of each are determined by the appropriate Clebsch-Gordon coefficients.)

There are 3×2 different scattering processes (listed below). The hypothesis of isospin symmetry leads to the conclusion that these 6 processes can be described using only two amplitudes, one for the I=3/2 channel and one for the I=1/2 channel.

Two of the processes are I_{3} = ±3/2 and therefore only occur through the I=3/2 channel:

(a) π^{+}p --> π^{+}p , and

(b) π^{-}n --> π^{-}n

For identical energies, these process will have identical cross sections (to the precision allowed by electromagnetic breaking of isospin).
(b) π

The remaining processes can proceed through both channels:

(c) π^{-}p --> π^{-}p

(d) π^{-}p --> π^{0}n

(e) π^{+}n --> π^{+}n

(f) π^{+}n --> π^{0}p

We use a table of Clebsch-Gordon coefficients to find the relative amounts of I=1/2 and I=3/2 in the initial and final states of these reactions.
(This will be done interactively in lecture.)
(d) π

(e) π

(f) π

Recall that the cross section depends on what I called phase space factors and the square of the matrix element:

σ(i-->f) = |M_{if}|^{2} × (phase space)

where
M_{if} = <ψ_{f} | H | ψ_{i}>

Our hypothesis is that these reactions are dominated by strong interactions, and that the strong interaction conserves isospin.
Therefore, we can separate the total Hamiltonian into parts that only operates between states of equal isospin, H = HWriting the wave functions as separate I=1/2 and I=3/2 parts,

ψ_{i} = ψ_{i}(1/2) + ψ_{i}(3/2), and

ψ_{f} = ψ_{f}(1/2) + ψ_{f}(3/2)

and inserting these pieces into the formula for Mψ

M_{if} = <ψ_{f}(1/2) + ψ_{f}(3/2) | H_{1} + H_{3} | ψ_{i}(1/2) + ψ_{i}(3/2)>

= <ψ_{f}(1/2) | H_{1} | ψ_{i}(1/2)> + <ψ_{f}(3/2) | H_{3} | ψ_{i}(3/2)>

= k_{1} M_{1} + k_{3} M_{3}

Where k= <ψ

= k

Now we can work out the constants, k_{1} and k_{2}, for reactions (a) through (f).
Again, this will be done interactively in class.

Then consider the limiting cases where one or the other amplitude dominates, M_{1}>>M_{3}, or M_{3}>>M_{1}.
The results for reactions (a) through (c) are:

M_{3}>>M_{1} σ_{a}:σ_{b}:σ_{c} = 9 : 1 : 2

M_{1}>>M_{3} σ_{a}:σ_{b}:σ_{c} = 0 : 2 : 1

The ratio of the cross sections for πM

By the way, the resonance is called the Δ(1232) and is assigned the quantum numbers I(J^{P}) = 3/2(3/2^{+}).

We can assign all (or almost all) of the known hadrons to one of
the two classes of mesons and baryons.
That is, the quantum numbers derived for the known hadrons are
consistent with quantum numbers possible for mesons or baryons.
But not all possible combinations of quantum numbers can be assigned
to mesons and baryons.
Particles with such quantum numbers are termed *exotics*, and have
been searched for since the inception of the quark model.
Recent claims for evidence of several exotic states has sparked
renewed interest in this area.

An example of a set of exotic quantum numbers is:

Q=1, B=1, S=1, C=~B=T=0

This state is exotic because all baryons have zero or negative
stangeness -- anti-baryons can have positive strangeness.
Baryons consist of 3 quarks.
The presence of strangeness implies that the baryon contains one or
more strange quarks, but strange quarks carry strangeness -1;
strange anti-quarks carry strangeness +1.
The above quantum numbers are conjectured to belong to an exotic
hadron called the Θ

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