Mapping the low-mass meson resonances

Part III. Excitation Mechanisms: Mapping The Elementary Particle Spectrum
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 81)


With the results in the present chapter, we conclude our study of hadron rotational systematics. We have tried to show, from as many viewpoints as possible, that it makes sense to apply the concepts of nuclear physics also to hadron physics. The systematic results that we obtained by this procedure are internally consistent; they extrapolate to match the results from light atomic nuclei; and they permit us to achieve a reasonably accurate and complete mapping of the observed baryon and meson resonances. This approach is of course quite different from the conventional quark model mapping of these resonances.The conventional quark model, in spite of its early successes, has not led to an accurate mapping of the spectrum of meson resonances; in particular, if all of the resonances that we have shown in Figs. 16.1 – 16.3 actually exist, they overfill the “established” SUM meson nonets5 while still leaving the other meson nonets underfilled.

In the next chapter, the final chapter in Part III, we move from the low-mass meson and kaon resonances to the high-mass New Particle meson and kaon resonances. These New Particle states have very narrow widths, which makes them useful from the standpoint of studying mass quantizations. The narrow widths also mean that the New Particles are rotationless excitations, so that we will be studying a system which is composed more-or-less completely of S-states.


Rotational Energy Rotational Band Meson Production Rotational Level Meson State 
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