Multiple-photon emission in heavy particle decays

K. Asakimori, Kobe Women's Junior College
T. H. Burnett
M. L. Cherry
M. J. Christl
S. Dake
J. H. Derrickson
W. F. Fountain
M. Fuki
J. C. Gregory
T. Hayashi
R. Holynski
J. Iwai
A. Iyono
W. V. Jones
J. J. Lord
O. Miyamura
H. Oda
T. Ogata
E. D. Olson
T. A. Parnell
F. E. Roberts
S. C. Strausz
Y. Takahashi
T. Tominaga
J. W. Watts
J. P. Wefel
M. Wilber
B. Wilczynska
H. Wilczynski
R. J. Wilkes
W. Wolter
E. L. Zager


Cosmic-ray interactions, at energies above 1 TeV/nucleon, in emulsion chambers flown on high altitude balloons have yielded two events showing apparent decays of a heavy particle into one charged particle and four photons. The photons converted into electron pairs very close to the decay vertex. Attempts to explain this decay topology with known particle decays are presented. Unless both events represent a b to u transition, which is statistically unlikely, then other known decay modes for charmed or bottom particles do not account satisfactorily for these observations. This could possibly indicate a new decay channel.