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Homework Help: Photon and particle reaction

  1. Apr 13, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Consider the production of the K+ in the reaction: [tex]\gamma[/tex] p --> Κ+ Λ

    What will be the minimal [tex]\gamma[/tex] energy if the proton is not free but is bound in the nucleus? Take into account the Fermi motion with p=250 MeV/c.

    2. Relevant equations

    proton mass = 770 MeV
    Kaon mass = 494 MeV
    hyperon mass = 1100 MeV

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I cant find anywhere in my book explaining what fermi motion is. The binding energy depends on how big the nucleus is, which isnt specified unless fermi motion does so.
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  3. Apr 13, 2008 #2


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    Fermi motion means the proton can be heading toward the beam with p=250.
    Put this into the total momentum for the initial gammas p state.
  4. Apr 13, 2008 #3
    Thank you the answer. Should i convert the fermi motion into energy units, and use the concept of conservation of energy to calculate the minimum [tex]\gamma[/tex] energy? The task mentions something about the proton being bound to a nucleus. Do i somehow have to take that into account in the calculation?
  5. Apr 15, 2008 #4


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    The proton being bound is taken care of b using the Fermi momentum given.
    Everything is in MeV, with c=1. You have to calculate the Fermi energy, given by [tex]E_p^2=p^2+M^2[/tex].
    The equation for the threshold gamma energy k is
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