# Why can't omega meson decay into two neutral pions?

Here it says this decay mode is a violation of C-parity. I don't understand how that works.

So $\omega$ has $C=-1$ and $J=1$ and $\pi^0$ has $C=1$ and $J=0$, that means the orbital angular momentum of final state is $L=1-0=1$. Consider C-parity of final state we get $C=(-1)^L=-1$. This seems to agree with C-parity conservation?

I've also seen an argument saying that our final state with $L=1$ is anti-symmetric if we exchange two $\pi^0$, which is forbidden since they are bosons. But I don't understand how that's related to C-parity.

• what does the angular momentum have to do with it. C conservation has to do with charge conjugation and in isospin space, not in space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_parity . The generalization is G parity, also displayed in the table you show en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-parity where the isospin vectors appear and for neutral particles only I appears. page 3 of pdg.lbl.gov/rpp-archive/files/RevModPhys.52.S1.pdf Commented Dec 2, 2017 at 5:13
• @annav Thanks for your reply. I understand the definition of c parity and g parity, I just don’t know why this decay mode is listed under “charge conjugation violating modes” in the picture I posted. Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 19:17
• I thinnk it is because G and C are the same for neutral states Commented Dec 7, 2017 at 19:19