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BOOK - Das a. & Ferbel T. - Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics|Views: 61|Likes: 7

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Extending the quark model to all baryons, leads to a theoretical difficulty.

We have already discussed the A++ baryon, which is nonstrange, carries

two units of positive charge, and has spin angular momentum of §. Thus,

naively, we can conclude that the A++ can be described by three up quarks

A++ = uuu.

(13.17)

This substructure satisfies all the known quantum numbers, and, in the

ground state (where there are no contributions from relative orbital waves),

the three up quarks can have parallel spins to provide a resultant value of

J = |. However, the wave function for this final state, representing three

identical fermions, would therefore be symmetric under the exchange of

any two quarks. This is, of course, incompatible with the Pauli principle,

which requires a wave function containing identical fermions to be totally

antisymmetric. It would appear, therefore, that the quark model cannot

describe the A++. On the other hand, the model works so well for other

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hadrons that it would seem unwise to give it up entirely. An interesting

resolution can be attained if it is assumed that all quarks carry an additional

internal quantum number, and that the final state in Eq. (13.17) is, in fact,

antisymmetric in the space corresponding to this quantum number.

This additional degree of freedom is referred to as color, and it is believed

that each of the quarks comes in three different colors. Namely, the quark

multiplets take the form

*fua\
*

*fca\
*

*fta\
*

,

,

,

a = red, blue, green. (13.18)

*\daj
*

*\saj
*

*\baj
*

At this point of our development, color can be regarded as merely a new

quantum number needed for phenomenological reasons for understanding

the substructure of hadrons. However, we will see shortly that, in fact,

color is to the strong interaction what charge is to the electromagnetic

force, namely the source of the respective fields.

Hadrons do not appear to carry any net color, and therefore correspond

to bound states of quarks and antiquarks of zero total color quantum num-

ber, or, simply stated, hadrons are color-neutral bound states of quarks.

Under the interchange of any two quarks, the color singlet wave function

of three quarks changes sign, while that of a quark-antiquark color singlet

does not. This hypothesis leads to an excellent description of all known

baryons as bound states of three quarks, and of mesons as bound states of

quark-antiquark pairs. In particular, it also explains the structure of the

O~ baryon which has a strangeness of —3 and spin angular momentum of

|, and corresponds to the ground state of three strange quarks

fi~ = sss.

(13.19)

We see once again how the symmetry property in color space plays a crucial

role in assuring the overall antisymmetry of the fermionic wave function for

this state.

The theoretical postulate of color seems rather ad hoc, especially since

the observable hadrons do not carry a color quantum number. However, the

existence of color can be established as follows. Consider the annihilation of

an electron and positron, leading to the creation of a /U+/U~ pair or a quark-

antiquark pair. The reaction can be thought of as proceeding through the

production of an intermediate virtual photon, as shown in Fig. 13.1. The

*Standard Model I
*

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cross section for the production of hadrons in this process depends on the

number of ways a photon can produce a quark-antiquark pair. This must

therefore be proportional to the number of available quark colors. That is,

the ratio of production cross sections

*= ** hadrons)

is proportional to the number of quark colors. And, indeed, this quantity

is consistent with exactly three colors. Because the production of hadrons

through the mechanism in Fig 13.1 depends, in addition, on the electric

charges of the quarks, such data also confirm the fractional nature of electric

charge carried by quarks.

In closing this section, we wish to point out that electron-positron anni-

hilation at high energies is one of the cleanest ways to establish the presence

of new quark flavors. For example, when the energy of the* e+e~* system ex-

ceeds the threshold for production of hadrons containing some new quark,

the ratio in Eq. (13.20) must increase and display a step at that energy.

Of course, in addition, beyond that threshold, new hadrons containing the

new flavor can be observed in the final states of such collisions. This was

found to be the case for charm and bottom quarks, where after the initial

production of the analogs of positronium (the* J/ip* for* cc,* and the T for

*bb),* particles with open charm and open bottom flavor were observed to be

produced at somewhat higher energies. However, this is not likely to repeat

for the top quark, which, as we have indicated before, decays too rapidly

after its production to be able to form hadrons.

**c+\
**

**• M+ (?)
**

Fig. 13.1 The annihilation of e+e~ through a virtual photon into /i+/ti~ or* qq* pair.

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