I discuss the recent experimental and theoretical developments following the discovery of the θ+ pentaquark - an exotic uudds̄ baryon resonance observed in the K N channel by several experiments, and an exotic Ξ*- (ddssū) reported by NA49 at CERN. I focus on the theoretical interpretation of the data, both in terms of quark and chiral degrees of freedom, on the predictions for related exotic states, and on several unresolved questions raised by the experimental data, such why some experiments observe the pentaquarks and other do not, the apparently extremely narrow width of the θ+ and the determination of its parity. I also describe the likely properties of the proposed heavy-quark pentaquarks - an anticharmed exotic baryon θc (uuddc̄) and θ b+, (uuddb̄), which are expected to be extremely narrow or even stable against strong decays. H1 recently reported observation of a possible θc candidate in D*- p channel. Pentaquarks are also being searched for in e+e- annihilation and γγ collisions in the LEP data and at B-factories.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Acta Physica Polonica B|
|State||Published - Dec 2004|