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Homework Help: Is it possible the decay of rho neutral meson to two pions?

  1. Jun 6, 2010 #1
    ¿Is it possible the decay of rho neutral meson to two pions?

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    We initially have the neutral rho meson -----> pion+ + pion-

    ¿Is this reaction possible? ¿What are the conserved quantities?¿Which is the interaction involved in the process?



    2. Relevant equations

    Conservation laws of energy, momentum, angular momentum, electric charge, C-parity, parity,Isospin, cp symmetry.

    Here we have the properties of the involved particles:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rho_meson

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pion


    3. The attempt at a solution

    Well i am using the book of yung kuo "Problems and solutions in atomic, nuclear and particle physics", it is the 3018 problem.

    The book says that the decay is possible, by strong interaction, and that means that every symmetry is conserved, there isn't any violation.

    The problem is the next:

    -for the angular momentum i have found that for the rho meson is 1, and for the pions + and - is 0.

    So we have 1---->0 + 0, the composition of angular momentum says that in the second part of the equality is not possible to find J=1, so I think that conservation of angular momentun is violated ¿what am I doing wrong?.

    -for the parity we have (-1 of the rho) -----> (-1 of the pion+ and -1 of the pion-)

    So multipliying we have -1 = 1 so it is violated, I think that perhaps the mistake is that the parity of the pion- is oppossite to the parity of his antiparticle(pion+), but it is not listed on the table of the wikipedia ¿is this the mistake?.

    ¿The parity of an antiparticle is the same as the one of the original particle? .

    -for the C-parity we have that the rho meson has a -1, but for the pions is not defined ¿is it violated?.
     
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  3. Jun 6, 2010 #2

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    Re: ¿Is it possible the decay of rho neutral meson to two pions?

    Don't forget the pions can have relative orbital angular momentum.

    Also, this page will probably help you figure out what's going on wrt charge parity.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_parity
     
  4. Jun 7, 2010 #3
    Re: ¿Is it possible the decay of rho neutral meson to two pions?

    Yes, i know. The total parity, is multiplicative, intrinsic parity must be multiplied by (-1) times the angular momentum, but the problem statement does not say anything about the orbital angular momentum, so I made the calculations considering only internal properties.

    ¿Do you consider that it is a mistake?.

    Thanks for the answer.:smile:
     
  5. Jun 7, 2010 #4

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    Re: ¿Is it possible the decay of rho neutral meson to two pions?

    Yes, it's a mistake. You already noted that if you only consider the spins, you can't conserve angular momentum. You have to include orbital angular momentum in your analysis.
     
  6. Jun 7, 2010 #5
    Re: ¿Is it possible the decay of rho neutral meson to two pions?

    The problem to me is the next, the formula of the parity of a meson is:

    Pm= Pa*Pb* (-1)L=(-1)L+1

    ¿What is the value of L?

    The problem statement does not say anything about the orbital angular momentum of the final particles ¿how can i find out its value?. I am completly lost at this point ¿should I invent the L values :biggrin: ?
     
  7. Jun 7, 2010 #6

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    Re: ¿Is it possible the decay of rho neutral meson to two pions?

    Use conservation of angular momentum.
     
  8. Jun 7, 2010 #7
    Re: ¿Is it possible the decay of rho neutral meson to two pions?

    Ok.

    For the rho meson J=L+S, with S=1, for the pion+ J=L (because S=0, and L is the orbital angular momentum of one pion over the other).

    But I don't know if the rho meson is in a excited state, so I don't know his L.

    And I don't know, another time, what is the final L value so I think that it is undetermined :frown:

    I guess that something fails with this reasoning, but I don't know what is it.
     
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