Possible measurement of the vacuum polarization in heavy-ion scattering

Johann Rafelski, Abraham Klein

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Abstract

A measurement of the vacuum polarization potential in nonrelativistic elastic heavy-ion scattering is suggested. We find that in a typical sub- Coulomb barrier event enough momentum is transferred from the projectile to the target nucleus to make the high-q2 behavior of the photon propagator observable. The elastic cross section is increased in a typical case by 2.5% above the Rutherford value. Only relative measurements are needed. [NUCLEAR REACTIONS Pb208(O16, O16). Calculated vacuum polarization effect, sub-Coulomb, DWBA.]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1756-1759
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review C
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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