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Homework Help: Quark Scattering and Quark Flow Diagrams

  1. Feb 11, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    (a) Find energy of incoming beam that creates highest cross section
    (b) What are the differences in the two reactions, using quark diagrams?
    (c) What would the peaks of the two reactions be like?


    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution


    Cross section is given by Breit-Wigner formula:

    [tex] \sigma = \frac{\pi}{k^2} \frac{\Gamma_i \Gamma_f}{ (E-E_0)^2 + \frac{\Gamma^2}{4}} [/tex]

    Using centre of mass frames and 4-momentum:

    I find ##E_{\pi} = \frac{E_0^2 - m_{\pi}^2 - m_p^2}{2m_p} = 329.3~MeV##.


    First reaction is given by: ## \pi^{-} + p \rightarrow \pi^0 + n ## and quark flow diagram is shown:

    The second reaction is given by: ##\pi^{-} + p \rightarrow \pi^{-} + p## and quark flow diagram is shown:


    I'm not sure how the reaction would be different. I'm guessing reaction 1 would be more favourable, since the products are lighter?
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  3. Feb 11, 2015 #2


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    There is a wrong quark label at your outgoing neutron.
    The mass differences between the pions are small and the differences between proton and neutron are even smaller (and in the opposite direction), I would not expect a significant effect from that.
    The second reaction has more options how it can happen, but I don't know how relevant that is.
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