A recent suggestion by Akaishi and Yamazaki (2017)  that purely-Λ⁎(1405) nuclei provide the absolute minimum energy in charge-neutral baryon matter for baryon-number A≳8, is tested within RMF calculations. A broad range of Λ⁎ interaction strengths, commensurate with (K¯K¯NN)I=0 binding energy assumed to be of order 100 MeV, is scanned. It is found that the binding energy per Λ⁎, B/A, saturates for A≳120 with values of B/A considerably below 100 MeV, implying that Λ⁎(1405) matter is highly unstable against strong decay to Λ and Σ hyperon aggregates. The central density of Λ⁎ matter is found to saturate as well, at roughly twice nuclear matter density. Moreover, it is shown that the underlying very strong K¯N potentials, fitted for isospin I=0 to the mass and width values of Λ⁎(1405), fail to reproduce values of single-nucleon absorption fractions deduced across the periodic table from K− capture-at-rest bubble chamber experiments.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics|
|State||Published - 10 Oct 2018|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
J.H. and M.S. acknowledge financial support from the CTU-SGS Grant No. SGS16/243/OHK4/3T/14 . The work of N.B. is supported by the Pazy Foundation and by the Israel Science Foundation grant No. 1308/16 .
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- Kaonic atoms
- Strange matter
- Λ(1405) resonance