Further Theoretical Analysis on the $K^{-} {}^{3} \text{He} \to \Lambda p n$ Reaction for the $\bar{K} N N$ Bound-State Search in the J-PARC E15 Experiment

Research paper by Takayasu Sekihara, Eulogio Oset, Angels Ramos

Indexed on: 27 Mar '19Published on: 26 Mar '19Published in: arXiv - Nuclear Theory


Based on the scenario that a $\bar{K} N N$ bound state is generated and it eventually decays into $\Lambda p$, we calculate the cross section of the $K^{-} {}^{3} \text{He} \to \Lambda p n$ reaction, which was recently measured in the J-PARC E15 experiment. We find that the behavior of the calculated differential cross section $d ^{2} \sigma / d M_{\Lambda p} d q_{\Lambda p}$, where $M_{\Lambda p}$ and $q_{\Lambda p}$ are the $\Lambda p$ invariant mass and momentum transfer in the $(K^{-} , \, n)$ reaction in the laboratory frame, respectively, is consistent with the experiment. Furthermore, we can reproduce almost quantitatively the experimental data of the $\Lambda p$ invariant mass spectrum in the momentum transfer window $350 \text{ MeV} /c < q_{\Lambda p} < 650 \text{ MeV} /c$. These facts strongly suggest that the $\bar{K} N N$ bound state was indeed generated in the J-PARC E15 experiment.