Centrality dependence of kaon yields in [Formula Presented] and Au+Au collisions at relativistic energies

L. Ahle, Y. Akiba, K. Ashktorab, M. Baker, D. Beavis, P. Beery, H. C. Britt, B. Budick, J. Chang, C. Chasman, Z. Chen, C. Y. Chi, Y. Y. Chu, V. Cianciolo, B. A. Cole, J. B. Costales, H. J. Crawford, J. B. Cumming, R. Debbe, J. C. DunlopW. Eldredge, J. Engelage, S. Y. Fung, J. Gaardhoje, M. Gonin, S. Gushue, H. Hamagaki, A. Hansen, L. Hansen, O. Hansen, R. S. Hayano, S. Hayashi, G. Heintzelman, S. Homma, E. Judd, H. Kaneko, J. Kang, S. Kaufman, W. L. Kehoe, A. Kumagai, K. Kurita, R. J. Ledoux, M. J. LeVine, J. Luke, Y. Miake, D. P. Morrison, R. J. Morse, B. Moskowitz, M. Moulson, S. Nagamiya, M. N. Namboodiri, T. K. Nayak, C. A. Ogilvie, J. Olness, C. G. Parsons, L. P. Remsberg, D. Roehrich, P. Rothschild, H. Sako, H. Sakurai, T. C. Sangster, R. Seto, K. Shigaki, R. Soltz, P. Stankus, S. G. Steadman, G. S.F. Stephans, T. W. Sung, Y. Tanaka, M. J. Tannenbaum, J. H. Thomas, S. R. Tonse, S. Ueno-Hayashi, J. H. van Dijk, F. Videbæk, O. Vossnack, V. Vutsadakis, F. Wang, Y. Wang, H. E. Wegner, D. Woodruff, Y. Wu, G. H. Xu, K. Yagi, X. Yang, D. Zachary, W. A. Zajc, F. Zhu, Q. Zhu

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Charged kaon production has been measured in Si+Al and Si+Au collisions at [Formula Presented], and Au+Au collisions at [Formula Presented] by Experiments 859 and 866 (the E-802 Collaboration) at the BNL AGS. Invariant transverse mass spectra and rapidity distributions for both [Formula Presented] and [Formula Presented] are presented. The centrality dependence of rapidity-integrated kaon yields is studied. Strangeness enhancement is observed as an increase in the slope of the kaon yield with the total number of participants as well as the yield per participant. The enhancement starts with peripheral Si+Al and Si+Au collisions (relative to [Formula Presented] and appears to saturate for a moderate number of participating nucleons in Si+Au collisions. It is also observed to increase slowly with centrality in Au+Au collisions, to a level in the most central Au+Au collisions that is greater than that found in central [Formula Presented] collisions. The enhancement factors for [Formula Presented] production are [Formula Presented] and [Formula Presented], respectively, for the most central 7% Si+Au collisions and the most central 4% Au+Au collisions relative to [Formula Presented] at the correponding beam energy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review C - Nuclear Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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