Hadronic decays of N and Δ resonances in a chiral quark model
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π and η decay modes of light baryon resonances are investigated within a chiral quark model whose hyperfine interaction is based on Goldstone-boson exchange. For the decay mechanism a modified version of the 3P0 model is employed. Our primary aim is to provide a further test of the recently proposed Goldstone-boson exchange constituent quark model. We compare the predictions for π and η decay widths with experiment and also with results from a traditional one-gluon exchange constituent quark model. The differences between nonrelativistic and semirelativistic versions of the constituent quark models are outlined. We also discuss the sensitivity of the results on the parameterization of the meson wave function entering the 3P0 model.
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