Pion interferometry and intermittency in heavy-ion collisions

A. Capella*, A. Krzywicki, E. M. Levin

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We study the expectations of the conventional theory of soft hadronic interactions, based on the Reggeon calculus and on the generalized optical theorem, for the Bose-Einstein correlations between identical pions. The attention is mainly focused on heavy-ion collisions, where the presence of large nuclear scales significantly improves the predictive power of the theory. We find that the interferometry image of the "radiating source" is that of a pancake, with a nuclear transverse size and a hadronic longitudinal size. The implications of our results for the studies of intermittency are pointed out. A tentative extension of this discussion to hadron-hadron collisions is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)704-716
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical Review D
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


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