Resonances in Multichannel Systems

  • Arno Bohm
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In the present chapter we discuss resonances in scattering processes from an initial state into several possible final states, where the internal quantum numbers of the resonances are, in general, different from the quantum numbers of the initial state and the final states. In Section XX.2 we first discuss, in detail, the case of a single multichannel resonance and then the case of a double multichannel resonance (which occurs if there are two resonances with different internal quantum numbers in the same partial wave, with both the resonances coupling to initial and final states). In Section XX.3 the Argand diagrams for inelastic resonances are described.


Quantum Number Partial Wave Double Resonance Quasistationary State Multichannel System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arno Bohm
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  1. 1.Department of Physics Center for Particle TheoryThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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