Probing heavy ion collisions with bremsstrahlung Academic Article uri icon


  • We calculate bremsstrahlung spectra for intermediate energy heavy ion collisions to see the sensitivity of photon cross sections to reaction dynamics. Modeling the collisions with the intranuclear cascade, we find a clear collective quadrupole bremsstrahlung signal only for heavier nuclei, A>40. Maximum sensitivity to dynamics is likely for photons in the range of 1030 MeV. For higher energy photons or lighter nuclei, there is a large background coming from the incoherent dipole component of the bremsstrahlung. © 1985 The American Physical Society.

author list (cited authors)

  • Ko, C. M., Bertsch, G., & Aichelin, J.

citation count

  • 40

publication date

  • June 1985