Pionic Decays of Hadrons and the Coupling of Pions to Quarks

  • D. O. Riska
Conference paper
Part of the Few-Body Systems book series (FEWBODY, volume 15)


The pion decay rates of excited heavy-light flavor mesons states can provide direct information on the coupling of pions to light-flavor constituent quarks because pions only couple to their light flavor constituent. The chiral quark model describes the empirical widths of excited D-mesons fairly satisfactorily. In this model the pion coupling is determined by the axial coupling of the light flavor quarks. The reaction D s * D s π0 provides information on the η-meson coupling to strange constituent quarks, as it is mediated by π0 - η mixing. The two pion decay rates of heavy quarkonia implies pion exchange between heavy quarks and antiquarks, which is phenomenologically significant.


Decay Width Quark Model Constituent Quark Charm Quark Pion Decay 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. O. Riska
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  1. 1.Helsinki Institute of PhysicsUniversity of HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of Physical SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiFinland

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