Exotic hadron spectroscopy

26.09.2016 to 27.09.2016
Greig Cowan, Matthew Needham, Daniel Watts, Mikhail Bashkanov

Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics

Key Speakers:
Pappagallo, Bashkanov, Poluektov, Ireland, Burns, Glazier, Gandini, Pennington, Karliner, Wang

The aim of the workshop is to bring together the nuclear and particle physics communities to discuss experimental searches for exotic hadronic resonances (tetra, penta, hexaquarks etc); the latest data analysis methods used; the theoretical interpretation of these states and the potential for future searches at current experimental facilities (CERN, JLab, Mainz). 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.

The search for, and study of, exotic hadrons 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.


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

  • Marco Pappagallo (Bari) - Summary of LHCb results on exotic spectroscopy
  • Mikhail Bashkanov (Edinburgh) - Summary of JLab/Mainz results on exotic spectroscopy
  • Anton Poluektov (Warwick) - Amplitude analysis methods
  • David Ireland (Glasgow) - Bayesian analysis methods for hadronic spectroscopy
  • Timothy Burns (Swansea) - Theoretical developments/interpretations of exotic states
  • Derek Glazier (Glasgow) - Preparations for JLAB12 analysis and connections between nuclear and particle physics data
  • Paolo Gandini (Oxford) - Central exclusive production of exotic states at LHCb
  • Mike Pennington (JLab) - Analysis methods
  • Marek Karliner (Tel Aviv) - Exotic baryons and mesons with heavy quarks
  • Qian Wang (Bonn) - Distinguishing cusps and poles
  • Bryan McKinnon (Glasgow) - Pentaquark searches at CLAS12
  • Christopher Thomas (Cambridge) - Lattice QCD calculations of exotic states


  • 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. Lunch is booked from 12:00 on the 26th and 12:30 on the 27th September.
  • There will be a workshop dinner organised somewhere in Edinburgh (details later). Depending on numbers there may be a nominal charge per participant.



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

  • The Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • The High Energy Particle Physics Group of the IOP
  • STFC (conference and short course scheme)
  • The Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA)
  • Edinburgh experimental particle physics group