Results of a partial wave analysis of the eta pi(+) pi(-) final state are p
resented using 4.2 x 10(4) events with \t\ < 0.2 GeV2, collected at the VES
setup; the reaction is pi(-)p-->pi(-)pi(+) eta n from a beryllium target.
The data reveal resonant structures, which are identified by phase motion a
s well as peaks in intensities of partial waves. The f(2)(1565) meson, also
called the AX meson, is observed in decays to [a(2)(1302)pi](L=1). The par
ameters obtained from a fit With a Breit-Wigner amplitude are M = 1550 +/-
20 MeV with Gamma= 130 +/- 40 MeV. The higher mass f(2), resonances are als
o discussed. For J(P) = 3(-), the well known rho(3)(1690) is seen in decays
to both a(2)(1320)pi and rho eta channels. The complex behaviour of 3(--)
amplitudes at higher masses is described best by introducing two additional
resonant poles near 2.14 and 2.30 GeV. There is evidence for an f(4)(2300)
meson, decaying dominantly to [f(2)eta](L=3). (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.
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