Thermal excitation-energy deposition in 5–15 GeV/c hadron-induced reactions with 197Au. II. Relation between excitation energy and reaction variables Academic Article uri icon


  • The relation between excitation energy and reaction observables has been examined for (6.0-14.6)-GeV/c protons, (5.0-9.2)-GeV π-, and 8.0-GeV/c antiprotons incident on a 197Au target. Relative to proton and π- beams, 8.0-GeV/c antiprotons are found to be the most effective projectile for depositing high excitation energies in the targetlike residue. For protons and π- the excitation-energy distributions are nearly identical and appear to be independent of beam momentum above 6-8 GeV/c. It is found that total measured charge, total thermal energy, and total charged-particle multiplicity scale most directly with excitation energy, whereas IMF multiplicity and total transverse energy exhibit large fluctuations. Correlations of the observed fragment multiplicity, charge, and kinetic-energy distributions with excitation energy indicate a transition in the reaction observables near E*/A≈4-6 MeV. These experimental signals are consistent with a multifragmentation mechanism that becomes the dominant deexcitation mode above in the range E*/A ∼4-6 MeV.

author list (cited authors)

  • Beaulieu, L., Lefort, T., Kwiatkowski, K., Hsi, W., Wang, G., Bracken, D. S., ... Xi, H.

citation count

  • 29

publication date

  • November 2001