We have observed the ηπ+π- and ηπ0π0 decay modes of the E meson in pp annihilation at rest into π+π-π0π0η. The mass and width of the E meson are 1409 ± 3 and 86 ± 10 MeV. The production and decay branching ratio is B(pp → Eππ)B(E → ηππ) = (3.3 ± 1.0) × 10-3. With a spin-parity analysis we determine that JP = 0-. The observation of the ηπ0π0 decay mode establishes that E is isoscalar (C = +1). We find that E decays to η(ππ)s (where (ππ)s is an S-wave dipion) and πa0(980)(→ πη) with a relative branching ratio of (78 ± 16) %. Using the KKπ production and decay branching ratio measured earlier we determine that B[E → KKπ] B[E → ηππ] = 0.61 ± 0.19. A comparison with observations in radiative J Ψ decays suggests that E and ι η(1416) are identical.
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- Nuclear and High Energy Physics