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    Exotic Hadrons with Hidden Charm and Strangeness

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    We investigate on exotic tetraquark hadrons of the kind [cs][cbar sbar] by computing their spectrum and decay modes within a constituent diquark-antidiquark model. We also compare these predictions with the present experimental knowledge.Comment: 6 pages, 2 figures, minor changes made, references adde

    Charmed Baryonium

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    We re-analyze the published data on the Y(4630) --> Lambda_c Lambdabar_c and the Y(4660) --> psi(2S) pi pi with a consistent Ansatz and we find that the two observations are likely to be due to the same state Y_B with M_{Y_B} = 4660.7 +- 8.7 MeV and Gamma_{Y_B} = 61 +- 23 MeV. Under this hypothesis and reanalizing also the e+e- --> J/psi pi pi gamma_ISR spectrum we extract B(Y_B --> Lambda_c Lambdabar_c) / B(Y_B --> psi(2S) pi pi) = 25 +- 7, B(Y_B --> J/psi pi pi) / B(Y_B --> psi(2S) pi pi) J/psi pi pi) / B(Y(4350) --> psi(2S) pi pi) psi(2S) sigma) / B (Y_B --> psi(2S) f_0)=2.0 +- 0.3. These conclusions strongly support the hypothesis of Y_B being the first observation of a charmed baryonium constituted by four quarks. From the analysis of the mass spectrum and the decay properties we show that Y(4350) and Y_B are respectively consistent with the ground state and first radial excitation of the L=1 state.Comment: Corrected phase space normalization in the fit

    SuperB physics opportunities

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    The SuperB project in Tor Vergata (Italy) aims at investigating flavor physics with a data sample two orders of magnitude larger than the B-Factories that have operated for more than a decade. In the era of LHC this represents a unique opportunity to perform complementary indirect searches for new physics effects. In addition its design characteristics make it a flavor factory with an even broader physics reach. This paper summarizes the host of physics opportunities that will be opened by this experiment and the project status

    On the Spin of the X(3872)

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    Whether the much studied X(3872) is an axial or tensor resonance makes an important difference to its interpretation. A recent paper by the BaBar collaboration raised the viable hypothesis that it might be a 2-+ state based on the 3 pions spectrum in the X -> J/psi omega decays. Furthermore, the Belle collaboration published the 2 pions invariant mass and spin-sensitive angular distributions in X -> J/psi rho decays. Starting from a general parametrization of the decay amplitudes for the axial and tensor quantum numbers of the X, we re-analyze the whole set of available data. The level of agreement of the two spin hypotheses with data is interpreted with a rigorous statistical approach based on Monte Carlo simulations in order to be able to combine all the distributions regardless of their different levels of sensitivity to the spin of the X. Our analysis returns a probability of 5.5% and 0.1% for the agreement with data of the 1++ and 2-+ hypotheses, respectively, once we combine the whole information (angular and mass distributions) from both channels. On the other hand, the separate analysis of J/psi rho (angular and mass distributions) and J/psi omega (mass distribution) indicates that the 2-+ assignment is excluded at the 99.9% C.L. by the former case, while the latter excludes at the same level the 1++ hypothesis. There are therefore indications that the two decay modes behave in a different way.Comment: 12 pages, 9 figures, 2 tables. Added angular distributions, which lead to different conclusion

    Higher Tetraquark Particles

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    There are strong arguments favoring a four-quark interpretation of sub-GeV light scalar mesons and the diquark-antidiquark body-plan of the tetraquark seems to provide the most convincing picture. The building diquarks of these particles are assumed to be spin zero objects. In this paper we explore the possibility that radially excited aggregations of spin zero or spin one diquarks might exist and discuss the possibility of the Y(2175) state observed by BaBar and confirmed by BES being one such state.Comment: 8 pages, 4 figure

    Silicon Photo-Multiplier radiation hardness tests with a beam controlled neutron source

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    We report radiation hardness tests performed at the Frascati Neutron Generator on silicon Photo-Multipliers, semiconductor photon detectors built from a square matrix of avalanche photo-diodes on a silicon substrate. Several samples from different manufacturers have been irradiated integrating up to 7x10^10 1-MeV-equivalent neutrons per cm^2. Detector performances have been recorded during the neutron irradiation and a gradual deterioration of their properties was found to happen already after an integrated fluence of the order of 10^8 1-MeV-equivalent neutrons per cm^2.Comment: 7 pages, 6 figures, Submitted to Nucl. Inst. Meth.

    Search for Neutron Flux Generation in a Plasma Discharge Electrolytic Cell

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    Following some recent unexpected hints of neutron production in setups like high-voltage atmospheric discharges and plasma discharges in electrolytic cells, we present a measurement of the neutron flux in a configuration similar to the latter. We use two different types of neutron detectors, poly-allyl-diglicol-carbonate (PADC, aka CR-39) tracers and Indium disks. At 95% C.L. we provide an upper limit of 1.5 neutrons cm^-2 s^-1 for the thermal neutron flux at ~5 cm from the center of the cell. Allowing for a higher energy neutron component the largest allowed flux is 64 neutrons cm^-2 s^-1. This upper limit is two orders of magnitude smaller than what previously claimed in an electrolytic cell plasma discharge experiment. Furthermore the behavior of the CR-39 is discussed to point our possible sources of spurious signals.Comment: 4 pages, 3 figure
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