Multiplicity distribution in K+ Al and K+ Au collisions at 250 GeV/c and a test of the multiple collision model

I. V. Ajinenko*, Yu A. Belokopytoy, H. Bialkowska, H. Boettcher, F. Bottorweck, P. V. Chliapnikov, F. Crijns, A. de Roeck, E. A. de Wolf, K. Dziunikowska, A. M F Endler, A. Eskreys, Z. C. Garutchava, Y. Golubkov, H. Graessler, G. R. Gulkanyan, P. van Hal, R. Sh Hakobyan, T. Haupt, W. KittelD. Kisielewska, B. B. Levchenko, F. Meijers, A. B. Michałowska, Th Naumann, V. I. Nikolaenko, K. Olkiewicz, B. Pawlik, L. P. Petrovikh, R. Pöllänen, V. M. Ronjin, A. M. Rybin, H. M T Saarikko, W. Schmitz, L. Scholten, L. N. Smirnova, O. G. Tchikilev, A. G. Tomaradze, V. A. Uvarov, F. Verbeure, R. Wischnewski

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Multiplicity distributions, observed in K+ interactions with Al and Au nuclei at 250 GeV/c incident momentum are presented. They are analyzed in the framework of multiple collisions of the incident particle inside a nucleus. The probability distribution of the number of grey tracks is well described by the model of Andersson et al., if a negative binomial distribution is assumed for the distribution of the number of grey protons produced per elementary collision instead of the usual geometrical distribution. The analysis of the average and dispersion of the charge multiplicity distribution supports the validity of the multiple collision model, including results on correlations between forward and backward multiplicities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-385
Number of pages9
JournalZeitschrift für Physik C Particles and Fields
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1989

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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