• Measuring K0sK± interactions using pp collisions at √s=7 TeV

      Boca, G.; Bock, F.; Bogdanov, A.; Boldizsár, L.; Bolozdynya, A.; Bombara, M.; Bonomi, G.; Bonora, M.; Borel, H.; Borissov, A.; et al. (Elsevier, 2019-03-10)
      We present the first measurements of femtoscopic correlations between the KS0 and K± particles in pp collisions at √s=7 TeV measured by the ALICE experiment. The observed femtoscopic correlations are consistent with final-state interactions proceeding solely via the a0(980) resonance. The extracted kaon source radius and correlation strength parameters for KS0K− are found to be equal within the experimental uncertainties to those for KS0K+. Results of the present study are compared with those from identical-kaon femtoscopic studies also performed with pp collisions at √s=7 TeV by ALICE and with a KS0K± measurement in Pb–Pb collisions at √sNN=2.76 TeV. Combined with the Pb–Pb results, our pp analysis is found to be compatible with the interpretation of the a0(980) having a tetraquark structure instead of that of a diquark.