Study of the e(+)e(-) -> K+K- reaction in the energy range from 2.6 to 8.0 GeV

J. P. Lees, V. Poireau, V. Tisserand, E. Grauges, A. Palano, G. Eigen, B. Stugu, D. N. Brown, L. T. Kerth, Yu. G. Kolomensky, M. J. Lee, G. Lynch, H. Koch, T. Schroeder, C. Hearty, T. S. Mattison, J. A. McKenna, R. Y. So, A. Khan, V. E. BlinovA. R. Buzykaev, V. P. Druzhinin, V. B. Golubev, E. A. Kravchenko, A. P. Onuchin, S. I. Serednyakov, Yu. I. Skovpen, E. P. Solodov, K. Yu. Todyshev, A. J. Lankford, B. Dey, J. W. Gary, O. Long, M. Franco Sevilla, T. M. Hong, D. Kovalskyi, J. D. Richman, C. A. West, A. M. Eisner, W. S. Lockman, W. Panduro Vazquez, B. A. Schumm, A. Seiden, D. S. Chao, C. H. Cheng, B. Echenard, K. T. Flood, D. G. Hitlin, S. Playfer, G. Cowan, BaBar Collaboration

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Abstract

The e(+)e(-) -> K+K- cross section and charged-kaon electromagnetic form factor are measured in the e(+)e(-) center-of-mass energy range (E) from 2.6 to 8.0 GeV using the initial-state radiation technique with an undetected photon. The study is performed using 469 fb(-1) of data collected with the BABAR detector at the PEP-II2 e(+)e(-) collider at center-of-mass energies near 10.6 GeV. The form factor is found to decrease with energy faster than 1/E-2 and approaches the asymptotic QCD prediction. Production of the K+K- final state through the J/psi and psi(2S) intermediate states is observed. The results for the kaon form factor are used together with data from other experiments to perform a model-independent determination of the relative phases between electromagnetic (single-photon) and strong amplitudes in J/psi and psi(2S). K+K- decays. The values of the branching fractions measured in the reaction e(+)e(-) -> K+K- are shifted relative to their true values due to interference between resonant and nonresonant amplitudes. The values of these shifts are determined to be about +/- 5% for the J/psi meson and +/- 15% for the psi(2S) meson.

Original languageEnglish
Article number072008
Number of pages16
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Volume92
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • BABAR DETECTOR
  • QUANTUM CHROMODYNAMICS
  • RADIATIVE-CORRECTIONS
  • EXCLUSIVE PROCESSES
  • E&E ANNIHILATION
  • PAIR PRODUCTION
  • NEUTRAL KAON
  • FORM-FACTORS
  • MESONS
  • COLLISIONS

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