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Volume 232, 2020Heavy Ion Accelerator Symposium (HIAS 2019)
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Confirmation of the existence of the X17 particle
Institute for Nuclear Research (Atomki) P.O. Box 51, H-4001 Debrecen, Hungary
2 University of Debrecen, 4010 Debrecen, PO Box 105, Hungary
3 CERN, Geneva, Switzerland and Institute for Nuclear Research (Atomki), P.O. Box 51, H-4001 Debrecen, Hungary
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Published online: 6 April 2020
In a 2016 paper, an anomaly in the internal pair creation on the M1 transition depopulating the 18.15 MeV isoscalar 1+ state on 8Be was observed. This could be explained by the creation and subsequent decay of a new boson, with mass mXc2 = 16.70 MeV. Further experiments of the same transition with an improved and independent setup were performed, which constrained the mass of the X17 boson (mXc2) and its branching ratio relative to the γ-decay of the 8Be excited state (BX), to mXc2 = 17.01(16) MeV and BX = 6(1) 10−6, respectively. Using the latter setup, the e+e− pairs depopulating the 21 MeV Jπ = 0− 0+ transition in 4He were investigated and a resonance in the angular correlation of the pairs was observed, which could be explained by the same X17 particle, with mass mXc2 = 16.98 ± 0.16(stat) ± 0.20(syst) MeV.
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