We suggest the ratio of the Ψ″(3770)/Ψ′(3686) production cross sections as an unambiguous probe of the dominance of hard, point-like physics in charmonium production. If hard physics dominates the charmonium production the ratio: σ(Ψ″)/σ(Ψ′) ≈ Γ(Ψ″→1+1-)/Γ(Ψ ′→1+1-) ≈ 0.1 is independent of the process. We argue that since the dominant DD̄ decay mode of the Ψ″-meson can be detected with a high efficiency at the current facilities the effective counting rate for the Ψ″ production should be comparable to that of the Ψ′ and hence it could be observed at the B-factories. Even in hadron induced processes the ratio will not be changed significantly by final state interactions due to the similar mass and size of these two charmonium states. A possible exception are the charmonium state interactions with low energy particles - comovers - which are especially relevant for heavy ion collisions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics|
|State||Published - Jun 19 2003|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics