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The exclusive reaction γpK̅ 0K+n was studied in the photon energy range between 1.6 and 3.8 GeV searching for evidence of the exotic baryon Θ+(1540)→nK+. The decay to nK+ requires the assignment of strangeness S=+1 to any observed resonance. Data were collected with the CLAS detector at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 70  pb-1. No evidence for the Θ+ pentaquark was found. Upper limits were set on the production cross section as function of center-of-mass angle and nK+ mass. The 95% C.L. upper limit on the total cross section for a narrow resonance at 1540 MeV was found to be 0.8 nb.


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Physical Review Letters

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M. Battaglieri et al. [CLAS Collaboration], "Search for Θ+(1540) Pentaquark in High-Statistics Measurement of γp→K¯¯¯0K+n at CLAS", Physical Review Letters 96.4 (2006) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.042001



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