Effect of multiple scattering on the measurement of nuclear transparency

I. Mardor, Y. Mardor, E. Piasetsky, J. Alster, M. M. Sargsyan

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An expression for the measured nuclear transparency in quasielastic high energy (p,2p) reactions is derived in a semiclassical approach which includes the multiple elastic scattering (MS) of the incoming and outgoing protons. It is shown that if one ignores MS in the analysis of the experimental data, an artificial energy dependence of the transparency will be observed. The transparency increases with incident momentum, but its absolute value is less than that predicted by the conventional semiclassical (Glauber) picture. We demonstrate that it is sufficient to apply a simple selection of data, based on an energy resolution of approximately 100 MeV, to avoid the artifact of the neglected MS. We also show that the MS cannot explain the absolute increase of nuclear transparency observed in (p,2p) large angle data, nor can it account for its incident momentum dependence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)761-767
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992


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