Thermal expansion effects in the 8 GeV/c pi(-)+Au-197 reaction Academic Article uri icon


  • Fragment kinetic energy spectra for reactions induced by 8.0 [Formula Presented] beams on a [Formula Presented] target have been analyzed. The average fragment kinetic energies are observed to increase systematically with fragment charge but are nearly independent of excitation energy. Near [Formula Presented] MeV, the data are well accounted for by two statistical multifragmentation models, SMM and SIMON-explosion. However, at higher excitation energies, a small amount of extra energy, proportional to the fragment mass, is required in the models in order to match the experimental fragments kinetic energies. This extra expansion energy is small relative to the radial expansion observed in heavy-ion-induced reactions, consistent with the interpretation that the latter expansion may be driven primarily by collective dynamical effects that are not present in light-ion-induced collisions. 2000 The American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Lefort, T., Beaulieu, L., Botvina, A., Durand, D., Kwiatkowski, K., Hsi, W. C., ... Yennello, S. J.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Lefort, T||Beaulieu, L||Botvina, A||Durand, D||Kwiatkowski, K||Hsi, WC||Pienkowski, L||Breuer, H||Korteling, RG||Laforest, R||Martin, E||Ramakrishnan, E||Rowland, D||Ruangma, A||Viola, VE||Winchester, E||Yennello, SJ

publication date

  • August 2000