PHOBOS at RHIC: Some global observations
Alan S Carroll B B Back M D Baker D S Barton R R Betts M Ballintijn A A Bickley R Bindel A Budzanowski W Busza A Carroll M P Decowski E García N George K Gulbrandsen S Gushue C Halliwell J Hamblen G A Heintzelman C Henderson D J Hofman R S Hollis R Hoyłyński B Holzman A Iordanova E Johnson J L Kane J Katzy N Khan W Kucewicz P Kulinich C M Kuo W T Lin S Manly D McLeod J Michałowski A C Mignerey R Nouicer A Olszewski R Pak I C Park H Pernegger C Reed L P Remsberg M Reuter C Roland G Roland L Rosenberg J Sagerer P Sarin P Sawicki W Skulski S G Steadman P Steinberg G S F Stephans M Stodulski A Sukhanov J-L Tang R Teng A Trzupek C Vale G J van Nieuwenhuizen R Verdier B Wadsworth F L H Wolfs B Wosiek K Woźniak A H Wuosmaa B Wysłouch
Particle production in Au+Au collisions has been measured in the PHOBOS experiment at RHIC for a range of collision energies for a large span of pseudorapidities, |η| < 5.4. Three empirical observations have emerged from this data set which require theoretical examination. First, there is clear evidence of limiting fragmentation. Namely, particle production in central Au + Au collisions, when expressed as dN/dη′ ( η′ ≡ – ybeam), becomes energy independent at high energy for a broad region of η′ around η′ = 0. This energy-independent region grows with energy, allowing only a limited region (if any) of longitudinal boost-invariance. Second, there is a striking similarity between particle production in e+e−and Au + Au collisions (scaled by the number of participating nucleon pairs). Both the total number of produced particles and the longitudinal distribution of produced particles are approximately the same in e+e−and in scaled Au + Au. This observation This presentation is based in large part on the PHOBOS summary talk by M Baker at the16th Int. Conf. on Ultrarelativistic Nucleus- Nucleus Collisions, Quark Matter 2002, Nantes, France was not predicted and has not been explained. Finally, particle production has been found to scale approximately with the number of participating nucleon pairs for (Npart) > 65. This scaling occurs both for the total multiplicity and for highpT particles (3 <pT < 4.5 GeV/c).
Alan S Carroll1 B B Back1 M D Baker2 D S Barton2 R R Betts3 M Ballintijn4 A A Bickley5 R Bindel5 A Budzanowski6 W Busza4 A Carroll2 M P Decowski4 E García3 N George2 K Gulbrandsen4 S Gushue2 C Halliwell3 J Hamblen7 G A Heintzelman2 C Henderson D J Hofman3 R S Hollis3 R Hoyłyński6 B Holzman2 A Iordanova3 E Johnson7 J L Kane4 J Katzy3 4 N Khan7 W Kucewicz3 P Kulinich4 C M Kuo8 W T Lin8 S Manly7 D McLeod3 J Michałowski6 A C Mignerey5 R Nouicer3 A Olszewski6 R Pak2 I C Park7 H Pernegger4 C Reed4 L P Remsberg2 M Reuter3 C Roland4 G Roland4 L Rosenberg4 J Sagerer3 P Sarin4 P Sawicki6 W Skulski7 S G Steadman4 P Steinberg2 9 G S F Stephans4 M Stodulski6 A Sukhanov2 J-L Tang10 8 R Teng7 A Trzupek6 C Vale4 G J van Nieuwenhuizen4 R Verdier4 B Wadsworth4 F L H Wolfs7 B Wosiek6 K Woźniak6 A H Wuosmaa1 11 B Wysłouch4
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