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The European Physical Journal A

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 543–548 | Cite as

Towards an understanding of the light scalar mesons

  • C. HanhartEmail author
QNP 2006

Abstract.

Although studied for many years the nature of the light scalar mesons remains controversial. Here we shall present a method, applicable for s-wave states located close to a threshold, that allows one to quantify the molecular part of a given state. When applied to the f 0(980) a dominance of the molecular component is found. In the second part, we show that requirements of field-theoretic consistency and chiral symmetry, when applied to the scattering of light pseudo-scalars, naturally lead to the appearance of dynamical poles in the scalar sector. A program is proposed on how to further investigate experimentally the mixing between these dynamical states and possible genuine quark states.

PACS.

13.60.Le Meson production 13.75.-n Hadron-induced low- and intermediate-energy reactions and scattering (energy \(\leq\ensuremath 10 {\rm GeV})\) 14.40.Cs Other mesons with S = C = 0, mass < 2.5 GeV 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für KernphysikForschungszentrum JülichJülichGermany

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