Test of QCD with Heavy Quark Bound States

  • Johann Rafelski
  • Raoul D. Viollier
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (volume 4)


With the forthcoming results from the electron-positron storage rings PETRA and SPEAR, new possibilities open for the study of new exotic atoms - the bound states of heavy quarks and antiquark pairs. At present, two families of such states have been discovered, but many theoretical studies indicate that at least one more family which consists of bound states of still heavier “top” quark and antiquark pairs may be discovered.


Heavy Quark Linear Potential Gluon Exchange Massless Quark Exotic Atom 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Johann Rafelski
    • 1
  • Raoul D. Viollier
    • 1
  1. 1.Theoretical Physics DivisionCERNGenève 23Switzerland

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