We present new results on the thermal production yield of a hypothetical state made of six quarks uuddss assuming its production in heavy-ion collisions at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC). A state with this quark content and mass low enough to be stable against decay in timescales of the order of the age of the Universe has been hypothesized by one of us (G. Farrar) and has been discussed as a possible dark matter candidate. In this work, we address for the first time the thermal production rate that can be expected for this state in heavy-ion collisions at colliders. For this estimate we use a thermal model which has been shown to describe accurately the production of hadrons and nuclei in heavy-ion collisions at LHC energy. This estimate is of great relevance for sexaquark searches at colliders as well as for its consideration as a dark matter candidate and for the composition of neutron stars.
Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus
- Óptica y física atómica y molecular
- Física nuclear y de alta energía
- Astronomía y astrofísica