Exotic hadron spectroscopy 2017

11.12.2017 to 13.12.2017
Greig Cowan, Matthew Needham, Mikhail Bashkanov, Daniel Watts, Alex Lenz

Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics

The search for and study of exotic hadrons (tetra, penta, hexaquarks etc) has become a hot topic over recent years as a wealth of new data has arrived from current particle and nuclear physics experiments. Many new states have been observed and their properties measured, with different degrees of precision. Often similar states and search methods are discussed separately in the particle and nuclear physics communities, with little interaction between them. The workshop aims to improve communication between the groups involved in order to facilitate the development of new analysis methods and search strategies as we attempt to understand the spectrum of exotic hadrons.

The workshop will discuss the experimental searches for exotic hadronic resonances; the latest data analysis methods used; the theoretical interpretation of these states and the potential for future searches at current experimental facilities. It is hoped that this workshop will facilitate information exchange between the different communities involved and lead to new search strategies for exotic states to be developed.

After the workshop participants will be invited to contribute to a document that summarises the topics discussed.


Previous workshops

The 2017 workshop is a follow-up to a similar event we organised in 2016. See webpage here.


Names and indicative contribution of invited participants (click "list of participants" above for a full list of those registered):

  1. Luciano Maiani (CERN) - Diquark models for exotics
  2. Mike Pennington (Durham/JLab) - Outlook
  3. Nora Brambilla (TUM, theory) - X Y Z with nonrelativistic Effective Field Theories
  4. Andrey Srantsev (Bonn, theory) - partial wave analysis
  5. Sebastian Neubert (Heidelberg, LHCb) - LHCb exotics overview
  6. Isaac Vidana Haro (Coimbra) - links to astrophysics
  7. Boris Grube (TUM, Compass) - X(3872) in muoproduction
  8. Nicholas Zachariou (Edinburgh) - Strangeness physics at the JLab KL-Facility
  9. Anton Poluektov (Warwick) - Tensorflow for amplitude analyses
  10. Mikhail Bashkanov (Edinburgh) - d* photo-induced reactions
  11. Bryan McKinnon (Glasgow) - J/psi photo-production using CLAS12
  12. Marco Pappagallo (Edinburgh) - Baryon physics at LHCb
  13. Gavin Cheung (Cambridge) - Exotics on the lattice
  14. L Roca (Murcia) - Cusp effects and pentaquarks
  15. Timothy Burns (Swansea) - Phenomenological models of exotic hadrons
  16. A Garmash (Budker) - Belle status and prospects

If you would like to propose a topic for the meeting then please get in contact with the organisers.


  • The meeting will take place in the James Clerk Maxwell Building, Kings Buildings. 15 minutes by bus from city centre.
  • Edinburgh is well served by trains and planes.
  • Details on getting from the City Centre to JCMB here.
  • A map of the Kings Buildings campus here.

Suggested accommodation

  • There are several good Bed and Breakfasts near the University (5-10 minutes walk) details. They offer University rates.
  • If you prefer a hotel: details.


  • Lunch/tea/coffee will be provided. These will be served near the meeting room.
  • There will be a workshop dinner organised somewhere in Edinburgh (details later). Depending on numbers there may be a nominal charge per participant.


Exotic hadron spectroscopy network

Let us know if you are interested in joining the Exotic Hadron Spectroscopy Network.



We would like to thank the following organisations for their kind sponsorship of the workshop:

  • The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP)



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