We present the first detailed measurement of incoherent photoproduction of neutral pions to a discrete state of a residual nucleus. The C12(γ,π0)12C*4.4 MeV reaction has been studied with the Glasgow photon tagger at MAMI employing a new technique which uses the large solid angle Crystal Ball detector both as a π0 spectrometer and to detect decay photons from the excited residual nucleus. The technique has potential applications to a broad range of future nuclear measurements with the Crystal Ball and similar detector systems elsewhere. Such data are sensitive to the propagation of the Δ in the nuclear medium and will give the first information on matter transition form factors from measurements with an electromagnetic probe. The incoherent cross sections are compared to two theoretical predictions including a Δ-hole model.
A precise measurement of the Dalitz plot parameter, α , for the η → 3π0 decay is presented. The experiment was performed with the Crystal Ball and TAPS large-acceptance photon detectors at the tagged photon beam facility of the MAMI-B electron accelerator in Mainz. High statistics of 1.8 · 106 η → 3π0 events were obtained, giving the result α = - 0.032±0.002stat±0.002syst .