Search for resonances decaying to ηcπ+π− in two-photon interactions

The BaBar Collaboration, Philip Clark

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We report a study of the process gamma gamma -> X -> eta_c pi+ pi-, where X stands for one of the resonances chi_{c2}(1P), eta_c(2S), X(3872), X(3915), or chi_{c2}(2P). The analysis is performed with a data sample of 473.9 fb^{-1} collected with the BaBar detector at the PEP-II asymmetric-energy electron-positron collider. We do not observe a significant signal for any channel, and calculate 90% confidence-level upper limits on the products of branching fractions and two-photon widths Gamma(X -> gamma gamma)BR(X -> eta_c pi+ pi-): 15.7 eV for chi_{c2}(1P), 133 eV for eta_c(2S), 11.1 eV for X(3872) (assuming it to be a spin-2 state), 16 eV for X(3915) (assuming it to be a spin-2 state), and 19 eV for chi_{c2}(2P). We also report upper limits on the ratios of branching fractions BR(eta_c(2S) -> eta_c pi+ pi-)/BR(eta_c(2S)-> K_S^0 K+ pi-) < 10.0 and BR(chi_{c2}(1P) -> eta_c pi+ pi-)/BR(chi_{c2}(1P)-> K_S^0 K+ pi-) <32.9 at the 90% confidence level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)092005
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review D, particles, fields, gravitation, and cosmology
Early online date12 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2012


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