The production of eta masons has been measured in the proton-proton interac
tion close to the reaction threshold using the COSY-11 internal facility at
the cooler synchrotron COSY. Total cross sections were determined for eigh
t different excess energies (epsilon) in the range from epsilon = 0.5 MeV t
o epsilon = 5.4 MeV. The energy dependence of the total cross section is we
ll described by the available phase-space volume weighted by FSI factors fo
r the proton-proton and proton-eta pairs. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. Al
l rights reserved.