Massive three particle phase space

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If you produce three massive particles with m1=/=m2=/=m3 near threshold (beta -> 0), the cross section of the production is supressed by a factor beta^4, where beta = sqrt(1-(M_tot)^2/s) and s is COM energy. I have been trying to prove this statement, but I can't seem to manage. Could anybody help me?
 

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Did you set up the integrals for the phase space factor and then see where an approximation ##M = s(1-\epsilon)## leads? ##\beta^4 = \epsilon^2## here.
 
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Did you set up the integrals for the phase space factor and then see where an approximation ##M = s(1-\epsilon)## leads? ##\beta^4 = \epsilon^2## here.
Yes I have, but my problem is that I have an integral over the square root of a polynomial of degree 3. I dont see it reducing to beta^4 that easily...
 
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Yes:
$$\int {\rm d}s_{23} \sqrt{(s^2 + m_1^4+s_{23}^2-2ss_{23}-2m_1^2s_{23}-2sm_1^2)(s_{23}-m_2^2)}$$
We have ##(m_2+m_3)^2 \leq s_{23} \leq s-m_1^2##, ##s=(p_1+p_2+p_3)^2## and ##s_{23} = (p_2 + p_3)^2##. To get to this form, we have assumed that the combined state ##p_{23}## is at rest.
 
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If p23 is at rest, then particle 3 is also at rest and s23 is fixed, there would be nothing to integrate over.
 

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