Higher symmetries and the 2+ mesons

D. Horn*, J. J. Coyne, S. Meshkov, J. C. Carter

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The two-body decay widths of the nine JP=2+ mesons are calculated in the framework of relativistic SU(6). It is shown that one cannot distinguish from their decays whether the mesons should be accommodated in a 189 or 405 representation. An analysis of the masses of these mesons indicates that the 189 may be definitely ruled out. A mass formula pertinent to the 405 is derived which is fairly well satisfied and which indicates no inconsistency with placing the 2+ mesons in this representation. Conclusions about the quark-quark and quark-antiquark interactions are drawn from this assignment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)980-984
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1966


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