Excitation of the Roper resonance in single- and double-pion production in nucleon-nucleon collisions⋆
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In most investigations the Roper resonance is sensed only very indirectly via complex partial-wave analyses. We find indications for its excitation in the invariant nπ+ mass spectrum of the pp → npπ+ reaction at M ≈ 1360 MeV with a width of ≈ 150 MeV . The values fit very favorably to the most recent phase shift results as well as to the observations at BES. In the near-threshold two-pion production pp → ppπ0π0 , where the Roper excitation and its subsequent decays via the routes N * → Δπ → Nππ and N * → Nσ are the only dominant processes, we find its direct decay into the Nσ channel to be the by far dominating decay process --in favor of a monopole excitation of the Roper resonance.
PACS.13.75.Cs Nucleon-nucleon interactions (including antinucleons, deuterons, etc.) 14.20.Gk Baryon resonances with S = 0
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