Correlations and intermittency in high-energy nuclear collisions

P. Carruthers, H. C. Eggers, Ina Sarcevic

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We evaluate the strength of rapidity correlations as measured by bin-averaged multiplicity moments for hadron-hadron, hadron-nucleus, and nucleus-nucleus collisions for comparable c.m. energies s 20 GeV. The strength of the correlation decreases rapidly with increasing complexity of the reaction. Although statistically significant cumulant moments, K2, K3, and K4 are found in hadron-hadron (NA22) collisions, higher moments are strongly suppressed (except for K3 in KLM Collaboration proton-emulsion data) when nuclei are involved. When ordinary factorial moments are decomposed into cumulant moments, the former are seen to be dominated by combinatoric contributions of the (experimentally determined) cumulant moment K2. Hence rapidity fluctuations and intermittent effects are significantly decreased by the use of nuclei as targets and/or projectiles. This result could possibly be reversed at the onset (at higher energy) of a new phase having strong fluctuations, for example, the long-sought quark-gluon plasma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1629-1635
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

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Correlations and intermittency in high-energy nuclear collisions. / Carruthers, P.; Eggers, H. C.; Sarcevic, Ina.

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Carruthers, P. ; Eggers, H. C. ; Sarcevic, Ina. / Correlations and intermittency in high-energy nuclear collisions. In: Physical Review C - Nuclear Physics. 1991 ; Vol. 44, No. 4. pp. 1629-1635.
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