Articles written in Pramana – Journal of Physics
Volume 66 Issue 5 May 2006 pp 833-856
Recent experimental results on the modification of hadron properties in a nuclear medium are discussed. Experiments using hadron, heavy-ion and photon beams are described. Particular emphasis is given to the photonuclear production of light vector mesons and scalar mesons off nuclei. Recent results on the search for meson-nucleus bound states are presented. Perspectives for extending these studies to the charm sector are outlined
Volume 75 Issue 2 August 2010 pp 195-206 Physics of Hadrons and QCD
Properties of hadrons in strongly interacting matter provide a link between quantum chromodynamics in the strong coupling regime and experimental observables. QCD sum rules show that changes in chiral and higher-order condensates, partially associated with a restoration of chiral symmetry in the nuclear medium, will lead to significant changes in the low-energy spectrum of hadrons. Heavy-ion collisions and reactions with elementary probes have been used to extract experimental information on in-medium properties of hadrons. Results on the light vector mesons $\rho$, $\omega$, and $\phi$, are summarized and compared. Almost all experiments report a softening of the spectral functions with increases in width depending on the density and temperature of the hadronic environment. No evidence for mass shifts is found in majority of the experiments. Remaining inconsistencies among experimental results demonstrate the need for further measurements with higher statistics and inrceased acceptance in particular for low-momentum vector mesons.
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