Electron-positron pair production in high temperature nuclear matter

Charles Gale, Joseph I Kapusta

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The general features of electron-positron emission from high temperature nuclear matter are discussed. Estimates are made of the production rates arising from incoherent nucleon-nucleon scattering and from two pion annihilation. It may be possible to infer the pion dispersion relation in hot and dense nuclear matter by measuring the invariant mass distribution of back-to-back electrons and positrons in the center of mass frame in high energy nucleus-nucleus collisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-52
Number of pages18
JournalNuclear Physics, Section A
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 7 1987


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