skip to main content

Title: The meson spectroscopy program with CLAS12 at Jefferson Laboratory

The study of the hadronic spectrum is one of the most powerful tools to investigate the mechanism at the basis of quark confinement within hadrons. A precise determination of the spectrum allows not only to assess the properties of the hadrons in their fundamental and excited states, but also to investigate the existence of states resulting from alternative configurations of quarks and gluons, such as the glue-balls, hybrid hadrons and many-quarks configurations. The study of the mesonic part of the spectrum can play a central role in this investigation thanks to the strong signature that the hybrid mesons are expected to have: the presence of explicit gluonic degrees of freedom in such states may result in JPC configurations not allowed for the standard q ¯ q states. From the experimental side the expected high-multiplicity decays of the hybrid mesons require an apparatus with high performances in terms of rate-capability, resolution and acceptance. The CLAS12 experiment (formally MesonEx) is one of new-generation experiments at Thomas Jefferson National Laboratory (JLAB) for which an unprecedented statistics of events, with fully reconstructed kinematics for large particle multiplicity decays, will be available. A wide scientific program that will start in 2016 has been deployed formore » meson spectrum investigation with the CLAS12 apparatus in Hall B at energies up to 11 GeV. One of the main parts of the program is based on the use of the Forward Tagger apparatus, which will allow CLAS12 experiment to extend the study of meson electro-production to the quasi-real photo-production kinematical region (very low Q2), where the production of hybrid mesons is expected to be favoured. The data analysis which is required to extract the signal from hybrid states should go beyond the standard partial wave analysis techniques and a new analysis framework is being set up through the international network Haspect. The Haspect Network gathers people involved into theoretical and experimental hadronic physics all over the world, to investigate and propose new analysis models and new statistical techniques to unfold signal and background. The new analysis framework is being developed and tested using the existing CLAS data and results are projected to the CLAS12 performances, showing that the quest for hybrid exotic mesons is at reach.« less
  1. Univ. of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
JLAB-PHY-15-2159; DOE/OR/23177-3847
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Proceedings of Science; Journal Volume: CD15; Conference: Chiral Dynamics (CD15) : Pisa, Italy, June 29-July 3, 2015
Research Org:
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
Country of Publication:
United States