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ELSEVIER Nuclear Physics A 608 (1996) 243-304

NUCLEAR PHYSICS A

Correlated 7rTr and KK exchange in the baryon-baryon interaction

A. Reuber, K. Holinde, H.-C. Kim 1, j. Speth lnstitut fiir Kernphysik (Theorie), Forschungszentrum Jiilich GmbH, D-52425 Jfilich, Germany

Received 14 November 1995; revised 1 July 1996

Abstract

The exchange of two correlated pions or kaons provides the main part of the intermediate-range interaction between two baryons. Here, a dynamical model for correlated two-pion and two-kaon exchange in the baryon-baryon interaction is presented, both in the scalar-isoscalar (tr) and the vector-isovector (p) channel. The contribution of correlated zrTr and KK exchange is derived from the amplitudes for the transition of a baryon-antibaryon state (BB') to a ~sr or KK state in the pseudophysical region by applying dispersion theory and unitarity. For the BB -7 -* 7rzr, K-K amplitudes a microscopic model is constructed, which is based on the hadron-exchange picture. The Born terms include contributions from baryon exchange as well as p-pole diagrams. The correlations between the two pseudoscalar mesons are taken into account by means of zrzr-KK amplitudes derived likewise from a meson-exchange model, which is in line with the empirical zrzr data. The parameters of the BB' ~ zrTr, KK model, which are related to each other by the assumption of SU(3) symmetry, are determined by the adjustment to the quasiempirical NN --* zrzr amplitudes in the pseudophysical region. It is found that correlated KK exchange plays an important role in the tr-channel for baryon-baryon states with non-vanishing strangeness. The strength of correlated 7r,r plus KK exchange in the tr-channel decreases with the strangeness of the baryon-baryon system becoming more negative. Due to the admixture of baryon-exchange processes to the SU(3)-symmetr ic p-pole contributions the results for correlated zrzr exchange in the vector-isovector channel deviate from what is expected in the naive SU(3) picture for genuine p-exchange. In present models of the hyperon-nucleon interaction contributions of correlated zrzr and KK exchange are parametrized for simplicity by single tr- and p-exchange. Shortcomings of this effective description, e.g. the missing long-range contributions, are pointed out by comparison with the dispersion-theoretic results. It is pointed out that further correlations, namely other KK- exchange processes like, e.g. in the fl' = 1-, I = 0 channel (to, ~b) and zrK correlations (K*), remain to be investigated.

1 Present address: Institut ffir Theoretische Physik II, Ruhr-Universit~t Bochum, D-44780 Bochum, Germany.

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1. Introduetion

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The study of the role of strangeness degrees of freedom in low energy nuclear physics is of high current interest since it should lead to a deeper understanding of the relevant strong interaction mechanisms in the non-perturbative regime of QCD. For example, the system of a strange baryon (hyperon Y) and a nucleon (N) is in principle an ideal testing ground to investigate the importance of SU(3)flavor symmetry for the hadronic interactions. This symmetry is obviously broken already by the different masses of hadrons sitting in the same multiplet. However, the important question arises whether (on the level of hadrons) it is broken not only kinematically but also dynamically, e.g. in the values of the coupling constants at the hadronic vertices. The answer cannot be given at the moment since the present empirical information about the YN interaction is too scarce and thus prevents any definite conclusions. Hopefully the situation will be improved by experiments of elastic ,~p, Ap, and even ~p, currently performed at KEK [ 1,2].

Existing meson-exchange models of the YN interaction assume for the hadronic cou- pling constants at least SU(3) symmetry, in case of models A and B of the Jiilich group [ 3] even SU(6) of the static quark model. This symmetry requirement provides relations between coupling constants of a meson multiplet to the baryon current, which strongly reduce the number of free model parameters. Specifically, coupling constants at the strange vertices are then connected to nucleon-nucleon-meson coupling constants, which in turn are fixed between close boundaries by the wealth of empirical NN scat- tering information. All YN interaction models can reproduce the existing empirical YN scattering data. Therefore at present the assumption of SU(3) symmetry for the coupling constants is not in conflict with experiment.

However, the treatment of the scalar-isoscalar meson sector, which provides the intermediate range baryon-baryon interaction, is conceptionally not very convincing so far. The one-boson-exchange models of the Nijmegen group start from the existence of a broad scalar-isoscalar ~rTr resonance (e-meson, m~ = 760 MeV, F~ = 640 MeV), which is hidden in the experiment (e.g. 7rN --~ 7rTrN) under the strong p-signal and can therefore not be identified reliably. For practical reasons the exchange of this broad e-meson is then approximated by the exchange of a sum of two mesons with sharp mass ml and m2; the smaller mass is around 500 MeV and thus corresponds to the phenomenological o--meson in conventional OBE models. The e-meson is then treated as SU(3) singlet (model D [4] ) or as member of a full nonet of scalar mesons (model F [5] and NSC [6]). In the SU(3) framework the e-coupling strength is equal for all baryons in model D, while it depends on four open SU(3) parameters in models F and NSC, which are adjusted to NN and YN scattering data. In the latest Nijmegen model NSC [6] the scalar meson nonet includes apart from the e the isoscalar f0(975), the isovector a0(980) and the strange mesons x, which the authors identify [7] with scalar q2q2-states predicted by the MIT bag model [8]. This interpretation is however doubtful, at least for the f0(975) and a0(980). According to a recent theoretical analysis of the 7rTr, 7rr/, and KK system [9] in the meson-exchange framework the f0(975) is

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N N

N N a,)

N N

N,A N,A

N N h)

N N

I I, ~7"r /I-.. N,A| SaS. N,A

N N c)

Fig. 1. Two-pion exchange in the nucleon-nucleon interaction: (a) iterative boxes, (b) crossed boxes, (c) correlated two-pion exchange. The iterative box with an NN intermediate state is generated in the scattering equation by iterating the one-pion exchange. In OBE models all other contributions are parametrized by o'OBE and p-exchange. In the Bonn NN potential [ 10] the uncorrelated contributions (a) and (b) are evaluated explicitly whereas the correlated ~rTr exchange is parametrized by tr'- and p-exchange.

a KK molecule bound in the ~rTr continuum, while a0(980) is dynamically generated by the KK threshold. Thus both mesons do not appear to be genuine quark model resonances, with the consequence that SU(3) relations should not be applied to these mesons. (The non-strange members of the scalar nonet are expected to be at higher energies.)

In the Bonn potential [ 10] the intermediate range attraction is provided by uncorre- lated (Fig. la, b) and correlated (Fig. lc) 7r~- exchange processes with NN, NA and dd intermediate states. It is known from the study of the rrTr interaction that the 7rTr correlations are important mainly in the scalar-isoscalar and vector-isovector channel. The Bonn potential includes such correlations, however only in a rough way, namely in terms of sharp mass o-'- and p-exchange. One disadvantage of such a simplified treatment is that this parametrization cannot be transported into the hyperon sector in a well-defined way. Therefore in the YN interaction models of the Jiilich group [31, which start from the Bonn NN potential, the coupling constants of the fictitious o-'- meson at the strange vertices (AAo J, X,~tr') are essentially free parameters. In view of the little empirical information about the YN interaction this feature is not satisfactory. This is especially true for an extension of the YN models to baryon-baryon channels with strangeness S = -2 . So far there is no empirical information about these channels (apart from some data on -~- and AA-hypernuclei). Still there is a large interest in these channels initiated by the prediction of the H-dibaryon by Jaffe [ 11 ]. The H-dibaryon is a deeply bound 6-quark state with the same quark content as the AA system (uuddss) and with 1S0 quantum numbers. For the experimental search it is important to know whether conventional deuteron-like AA states exist. An analysis of possible S = -2 bound states in the meson-exchange framework could provide valuable information in this regard, but requires a coupled channels treatment of AA, ~, and N~ channels. An extension of the Jtilich YN models to those channels is only of minor predictive power since the strength of the important ~o "~ vertex is completely undetermined and cannot be fixed by empirical data.

These problems can be overcome by an explicit evaluation of correlated 7rTr-exchange processes in the various baryon-baryon channels. A corresponding calculation has been

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C D C D

A B A B

C D

A B

Fig. 2. Two-pion and two-kaon exchange in the baryon-baryon process A + B --~ C + D. The unshaded ellipse denotes the direct coupling of the two pseudoscalar mesons/z~ = ~r~-, KK, KK to the baryons without any correlation effects (cf. Fig. 3). The shaded circle in th__e lower diagram for the correlated exchange stands for the full off-shell amplitude of the proce