Title

Phase space dependence of the correlations among particles produced in high energy nuclear collisions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-1995

Abstract

The fluctuations of produced particles are investigated in central collisions of proton, oxygen and sulphur projectiles with (Ag,Br) target nuclei at 200 GeV per nucleon. The analysis is carried out in terms of factorial moments and correlation integrals in different pseudorapidity regions. Evidence is found for nonstatistical fluctuations. These fluctuations depend weakly on the phase space, although a slightly stronger effect is seen in the forward pseudorapidity region. The dependence of the observed effect on the mass of the projectile particle disagrees with the expectations of superposition models. The results of this analysis indicate that a self-similar cascade process is the origin of the fluctuations, even though the association of the observed effect with the occurence of a second order phase transition cannot be definitely ruled out. © 1995 Springer-Verlag.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Zeitschrift für Physik C Particles and Fields

First Page

65

Last Page

71

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