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Study of ΛN Interaction via the γ-ray Spectroscopy of \(_\Lambda ^4\textHe\) and \(_\Lambda ^19\textF\) (E13-1st)


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Study of

ΛN Interaction via the γ-ray Spectroscopy


4 Λ

He and

19 Λ

F (E13-1



T.O. Yamamoto1, M. Agnello2,3, Y. Akazawa1, N. Amano4, K. Aoki5, E. Botta6,3, N. Chiga1, H. Ekawa4, P. Evtoukhovitch7, A. Feliciello3, T. Haruyama5, S. Hasegawa8, S. Hayakawa9, R. Honda1, K. Hosomi8, S.H. Hwang8, Y. Ichikawa4, Y. Igarashi5, K. Imai8, S. Ishimoto5, R. Iwasaki5, S. Kanatsuki4, K. Kasami5, T. Koike1, J.K. Lee10, J.Y. Lee11, S. Marcello6,3, K. Miwa1, T. Nagae4, S. Nagao1, M. Nakagawa9, M. Naruki5,

A. Sakaguchi9, H. Sako8, V. Samoilov7, Y. Sasaki1, S. Sato8, T. Shiozaki1, K. Shirotori12, H. Sugimura4, S. Suzuki5, T. Takahashi5, H. Tamura1, K. Tanabe1, K. Tanida11,

Z. Tsamalaidze7, M. Ukai1, T.F. Wang13, Y. Yamamoto1, and S.B. Yang11

1Department of Physics, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578, Japan

2Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Torino, via Duca degli Abruzzi, 10129 Torino, Italy 3INFN, Sezione di Torino, via P. Giuria 1, 10125 Torino, Italy

4Department of Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan

5Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies (IPNS), High Energy Accelerator Research Organization

(KEK), Tsukuba, 305-0801, Japan

6Dipartimento di Fisica, Universit di Torino, Via P. Giuria 1, 10125 Torino, Italy 7Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna ,Moscow Region 141980, Russia

8Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), Japan Atomic Agency (JAEA), Tokai, Ibaraki

319-1195, Japan

9Department of Physics, Osaka University, Toyonaka 560-0043, Japan 10Department of Physics, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735, Korea

11Department of Physics and Astronomy, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-747, Korea 12Research Center of Nuclear Physics, Osaka University, Ibaraki 567-0047, Japan

13Research Center of Nuclear Science and Technology (RCNST) and School of Physics and Nuclear

Energy Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China E-mail: takeshi@lambda.phys.tohoku.ac.jp

(Received October 14, 2014)

Aγ-ray spectroscopy experiment via the (K−, π−) reaction (J-PARC E13-1st) will be performed at

the J-PARC Hadron Experimental Facility using a newly developed Ge detctor array, Hyperball-J. Spin-dependentΛN interactions will be studied through the precise measurement of the structure of hypernuclei, 4

ΛHe and 19ΛF. In May 2013, commissioning of whole detector system was carried

out and calibration data were taken. In particular, production cross sections ofΣ+and12ΛC via the (K−, π−) reaction on the CH2target for pK= 1.5 and 1.8 GeV/c were obtained.

KEYWORDS: Λ hypernuclei, γ-ray spectroscopy, J-PARC

1. Introduction

Investigation of theΛN interaction plays an important role in understanding the baryon-baryon interactions as an extension of the nucleon-nucleon interaction by introducing the strangeness quan-tum number. The effective potential of the ΛN interaction is expressed as

VΛN = V0(r)+ Vσ(r)sN· sΛ+ VΛ(r)lNΛ· sΛ+ VN(r)lNΛ· sN+ VT(r)[3(σΛˆr)(σNˆr)− σΛσN].

JPS Conf. Proc. , 021017 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.7566/JPSCP.8.021017



Fig. 1. The level structure of7

ΛLi reconstructed by theγ-ray spectroscopy experiments at KEK and BNL [1].

The spin-independent term of theΛN interaction was well studied by the reaction spectroscopy experiments on various hypernuclei [1]. However, it is difficult to study the spin-dependent terms due to the small effect on the level structure of the hypernuclei. Their energy spacing is sometimes sev-eral tens of keV. γ-ray spectroscopy is a powerful tool to study the spin-dependent ΛN interactions through precise measurements of the level structures of hypernuclei by using germanium (Ge) de-tectors with an energy resolution of∼3 keV. Using this method, the structures of p-shell hypernuclei were previously measured at KEK and BNL [1], and the strengths of the spin-dependent terms of the ΛN effective interaction in the p-shell region were determined [2,3]. Figure 1 shows the level scheme of7

ΛLi reconstructed by these experiments. The strength of the spin-spin term was extracted from the energy spacing of the ground-state doublet (3/2+,1/2+), which comes from a interaction between the core nucleus of S(total spin)=1, L(total angular momentum)=0, and a Λ (spin=1/2) in s-orbit. Excita-tion energy of higher excited states also has an informaExcita-tion of other spin-dependent terms. We plan to extend our knowledge of the interactions to s- and sd-shell regions in theγ-ray spectroscopy exper-iment (J-PARC E13) using a newly developed Ge detector array, Hyperball-J [5], and high intensity

K−beam at the J-PARC facility [4].

Fig. 2. Expected level scheme of19 ΛF. The

ground-state doublet splitting (3/2+-1/2+) is estimated to be about 300 keV by Millener [8].

Fig. 3. Cartoon image of a radial dependence of spin-dependent interactions.


2. γ-ray Spectroscopy Experiment at J-PARC (E13-1st) BH1 Mass slit Beam line spectrometer 0 5 m BFT D4 Q12 Q13 BC3,4 Q10 Q11 BH2 SksMinus spectrometer SKS magnet BAC1,2 SAC1 Target Hyperball-J SDC1,2 SP0 TOF SDC3,4 SFV SAC3 Iron block SMF

Fig. 4. Schematic view of experimental setup. The beam line spectrometer con-sists of QQDQQ magnets, and SksMinus consists of superconducting dipole mag-net (SKS). The spectrometers are equipped with tracking detectors (BFT, BC3,4, SDC1,2,3,4), plastic scintillators (BH1, BH2, TOF), aerogel ˇCerenkov counters (BAC1,2, SAC1,3) and counters to sup-press beam decay events (SP0, SMF). γ-rays from hypernuclei are detected by Ge detector array (Hyperball-J).

Several hypernuclei will be studied by theγ-ray spec-troscopy experiment (J-PARC E13). In the first phase of E13,γ-ray spectroscopy of4ΛHe and19ΛF will be performed at the K1.8 beam line in the J-PARC Hadron Experimen-tal Facility [6, 7]. By measuring the 4ΛHe (1+ →0+)γ ray, existence of charge symmetry breaking in theΛN interac-tion will be examined by comparing with the4ΛH(1+→ 0+) data.19ΛF will be the first sd-shell hypernucleus to be stud-ied by theγ-ray spectroscopy method. Figure 2 shows an expected level scheme of 19ΛF. The 19ΛF(1/2−) state will be most strongly populated by the (K−, π−) reaction followed by cascade de-excitations. Information of the spin-spin term of theΛN interaction will be extracted from an energy spacing of the ground-state doublet (3/2+,1/2+). The effect of the spin-dependent interaction on the hypernuclear level structure comes from the interaction between a Λ, in the

s-orbit for low-lying hypernuclear states, and the valence

nucleons. Radial distances between theΛ in the s-orbit and the valence nucleons in the s-, p- and sd-orbit, correspond-ing to s-, p- and sd-shell hypernuclei, are different. There-fore, a radial dependence of the spin-dependentΛN inter-actions can be investigated by comparing strengths of the spin-spin term in s-shell (4ΛHe), p-shell (7ΛLi) and sd-shell (19ΛF) hypernuclei as shown in Fig. 3. In addition, a possi-ble change ofΛ’s magnetic moment in the nuclear medium will be studied by measuring a lifetime of the 19ΛF(3/2+) state.


ΛHe and19ΛF will be produced by the (K−, π−) reaction with beam momenta of 1.5 and 1.8 GeV/c, respectively. Figure 4 shows a schematic view of the experimental setup. Incident K−mesons and scatteredπ− mesons are particle-identified and momentum-analyzed by the beam line spec-trometer and the SksMinus specspec-trometer, respectively. On the other hand, γ rays are detected by Hyperball-J sur-rounding the target. Through a coincidence measurement

between these spectrometer systems and Hyperball-J,γ rays from hypernuclei produced can be mea-sured. Hyperball-J is a newly developed Ge detector array for the hypernuclear γ-ray spectroscopy. The array consists of 32 Ge detectors and PWO counters for the background suppression. The array can be used in a high intensity hadron beam condition by introducing mechanical cooling of a Ge detector [9]. The effect of radiation damage on a Ge detector can be restrained by keeping crystal temperature lower than 80 K. The PWO counters have a much shorter decay constant than conven-tional BGO counters. Liquid4He and HF are chosen as the experimental target. The target systems are being developed.

The detector installation at the K1.8 beam line was started in summer, 2012. Commissioning of the detector system and a beam tuning were performed from March to May, 2013.



Fig. 5. Missing mass spectrum with the CH2 target for the p(K−, π−)X kinematics (left) and for the 12C(K, π)12

ΛC kinematics (right) with pK =1.5 GeV/c. The latter is plotted as a function of Λ binding

en-ergy, BΛ.

3. Result of the E13 Commissioning Beam Time

In the commissioning beam time, data were taken for the CH2 target (2.9 g/cm2) and the CF2 target (20 g/cm2) with pK = 1.5 and 1.8 GeV/c for a performance check of the detectors. Figure 5

Fig. 6. Obtained production cross section of the p(K−, π−)Σ+(left) and the12C(K, π)12

ΛC (sΛstates) (right)

with beam momenta of 1.5 (red) and 1.8 (black) GeV/c. The previous data for the Σ+production cross sections [10] are also shown in dotted lines. For the cross section of12

ΛC, the angle dependence predicted by a DWIA


Fig. 7. γ-ray energy spectrum obtained with the CF2target. A red line shows the spectrum applying

back-ground suppression with the PWO counters.

shows the obtained missing mass spectra with the CH2 target for the p(K−, π−)Σ+reaction and for the12C(K−, π−)12ΛC reaction. The successful measurement of theΣ+and12ΛC productions confirmed sufficient performance of the detector system. The production cross sections of Σ+and12

ΛC via the (K−, π−) reaction were obtained as shown in Fig.6 as a function of the scattering angle (θKπ). The obtained cross section ofΣ+agreed with old data [10] shown in dotted lines. The hypernuclear pro-duction cross sections via the (K−, π−) reaction were previously measured only for low momentum kaons (pK < 1 GeV/c). The obtained cross section data for pK = 1.5 and 1.8 GeV/c will be used to test theoretical frameworks of hypernuclear production process via the (K−, π−) reaction. For exam-ple, the angular distribution of the cross section predicted from DWIA calculations [11] and scaled to the data, which are shown in dotted lines in Fig.6 right, agree well with the data.

The reaction-γ coincidence system and the performance of Hyperball-J were checked with the CF2 target irradiated with the K− beams, although Ge detectors were not fully mounted. Figure 7 shows a γ-ray energy spectrum obtained with the reaction-γ coincidence trigger. Target-originated γ-ray peaks, for example, 197 keV (19F:5/2+ →1/2+) and 718 keV (10B:1+ →3+) , were observed. This shows that the coincidence system was working. The energy resolution was ∼4 keV (FWHM) at 1 MeV. By applying background suppression with the PWO counters, the background counts were reduced by almost a half at around 1 MeV.

4. Summary

γ-ray spectroscopy using Ge detectors is a powerful tool to study the spin-dependent ΛN inter-actions through a precise measurement of the level structures of hypernuclei. 4

ΛHe and19ΛF will be studied in the 1st part of J-PARC E13 via the (K−, π−) reaction. A radial dependence of the spin-spin interaction of the ΛN interaction can be investigated by comparing s-, p- and sd-shell hypernuclei. Installation and commissioning of the detector system were performed. Data were taken for the CH2 and the CF2target with pK = 1.5 and 1.8 GeV/c for the performance check of detectors. The pro-duction cross sections of the p(K−, π−)Σ+ and the 12C(K−, π−)12C were obtained. The reaction-γ



coincidence system was checked by measuring target-originatedγ rays. The whole detector system has been checked and is ready for the physics run.


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[3] D. J. Millener: Lect. Notes Phys. 724 (2007) 31 .

[4] H. Tamura et al.: J-PARC Proposal E13, ”Gamma-ray spectroscopy of light hypernuclei” (2006) http://j-parc.jp/researcher/Hadron/en/pac 0606/pdf/p13-Tamura.pdf.

[5] T. Koike et al.: in Proceedings of the IX International Conference on Hypernuclear and Strange Particle Physics (HYP, 2006), Mainz, 2006, Ed. by J. Pochodzalla and Th. Wacher (SIF and Springer-Verlag, Berlin; Heidelberg, 2007), p. 25.

[6] H. Tamura, M. Ukai, T.O. Yamamoto, T. Koike: Nucl. Phys. A 881 (2012) 310. [7] T. Takahashi et al.: Prog. Theor. Exp. Phys (2012) 02B010.

[8] D.J. Millener: Private communication.

[9] T. Koike et al.: Nucl. Inst. and Meth. A 770 (2015) 1. [10] T. Harada: Private communication.

[11] E.H. Auerbach, C.B. Dover, A. Gal, S.H. Kahana, L. Ludeking and D.J. Millener: Ann. Phys. (NY)148 (1983) 381.


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