Bonn 2010 – wissenschaftliches Programm
HK 26.3: Vortrag
Dienstag, 16. März 2010, 17:15–17:30, HG IV
Analysis of the eta->e+e-e+e- decay with WASA-at-COSY — •Leonid Yurev — Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 and Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980
The decay η→ e+e−e+e− is closely related to the channels with real photons: η→γγ, η→π+π−γ, η→ e+ e−γ which are driven by the chiral anomaly of Quantum Chromodynamics. The extended interaction region of the electromagnetic processes of the η meson is parameterized by a so-called transition form factor – a scalar function of the invariant masses squared of the photons. The decay η→ e+e−e+e− allows to study the form factor in the domain where there are two virtual photons with positive invariant masses squared. The region of interaction of this electromagnetic decay with a dilepton pair cannot be parameterized by a point-like vertex, but by a so-called "transition form factor".
We have recorded 107 η events in the reaction pd→3Heη at 1 GeV during a four weeks run in October 2008. The experimental method is similar to that used recently by the CELSIUS/WASA collaboration where two η→ e+e−e+e− decay candidates were identified and an upper limit BR(η→ e+e−e+e−)<9.7· 10−5 (90% CL) was determined. Since the number of the η decays collected by the WASA-at-COSY collaboration is forty times larger, we expect to extract a statistically significant data sample of η→ e+e−e+e− decays for the first time. In this presentation the status of the analysis of the η→ e+e−e+e− decay channel and preliminary results will be discussed.