The construction of general amplitudes satisfying symmetries and $S$-matrix constraints has been the primary tool in studying the spectrum of hadrons for over half a century. This work, carried out by Dominik Stamen (Bonn U.), Daniel Winney (Bonn U., HISKP), Arkaitz Rodas (ODU & JLab, co-PI), Cesar Fernandez-Ramirez (UNED), Vincent Mathieu (Barcelona U., co-PI), Gloria Montana (JLab), Alessandro Pilloni (Messina U., co-PI), and Adam Szczepaniak (Indiana U. & JLab, PI), presents a new Read more

The Gribov-Zwanziger scenario attributes the phenomenon of confinement to the instantaneous interaction term in the QCD Hamiltonian in the Coulomb gauge, which leads to a potential energy that increases linearly with the distance between a static quark-antiquark pair. Previous lattice studies of the $SU(2)$ Yang-Mills theory determined the corresponding (Coulomb) string tension, $\sigma_{C}$, to be about three times larger than the Wilson loop string tension, $\sigma_F$, far above Zwanziger's Read more

The Reggeized pion is expected to provide the main contribution to the forward cross section in light meson photoproduction reactions with charge exchange at high energies. Up until now, the pion exchange mechanism has been studied using phenomenological approaches. Given new and forthcoming high-precision data from JLab for a variety of photo- and electroproduction reactions in which the Reggeized pion plays a pivotal role, including the photoproduction of light exotic hybrid mesons, the JPAC Read more

The discovery of hybrid mesons will be greatly simplified if their couplings to decay channels are understood. To this end, Christian Farina (Pitt graduate student) and Eric Swanson (Pitt, co-PI), have modeled hybrid decay in terms of gluon dissociation as specified by the Hamiltonian of QCD in Coulomb gauge. The results indicate that direct observation of the light vector hybrid will be difficult, that the hybrid $\pi(1800)$ has distinct decay characteristics, and that a hybrid $\eta_1(1750)$ Read more

The extension of the three-particles formalism to multiple three-particle channels has been carried out by ExoHad members Zack Draper (UW graduate student) and Steve Sharpe (UW, co-PI), in a paper submitted to the arXiv. This is done in the context of the $\pi\pi\eta$ and $K \bar K \pi$ system in isosymmetric QCD, where, if one enforces positive G parity, as well as conservation of $J^P$, there is no mixing with the $2\pi$ or $3\pi$ systems. This two-channel system is suitable for studying the Read more