Particle production in central Pb+Pb collisions at 158A GeV/c

I. G. Bearden, H. Bøggild, J. Boissevain, P. H.L. Christiansen, L. Conin, J. Dodd, B. Erazmus, S. Esumi, C. W. Fabjan, D. Ferenc, D. E. Fields, A. Franz, J. J. Gaardhøje, M. Hamelin, A. G. Hansen, O. Hansen, D. Hardtke, H. Van Hecke, E. B. Holzer, T. J. HumanicP. Hummel, B. V. Jacak, K. Kaimi, M. Kaneta, T. Kohama, M. Kopytine, M. Leltchouk, A. Ljubicić, B. Lörstad, N. Maeda, R. Malina, L. Martin, A. Medvedev, M. Murray, H. Ohnishi, G. Paic, S. U. Pandey, F. Piuz, J. Pluta, V. Polychronakos, M. Potekhin, G. Poulard, D. Reichhold, A. Sakaguchi, J. Schmidt-Sørensen, J. Simon-Gillo, W. Sondheim, M. Spegel, T. Sugitate, J. P. Sullivan, Y. Sumi, W. J. Willis, K. L. Wolf, N. Xu, D. S. Zachary

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The NA44 experiment has measured single-particle inclusive spectra for charged pions, kaons, and protons as a function of transverse mass near midrapidity in 158A GeV/c Pb+Pb collisions. From the particle mass dependence of the observed mT distributions, we are able to deduce a value of about 120 MeV for the temperature at thermal freeze-out. From the observed ratios of the rapidity densities, we find values of the chemical potentials for light and strange quarks and a chemical freeze-out temperature of approximately 140 MeV.

Original languageEnglish
Article number044907
Pages (from-to)449071-449079
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Oct 1


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