We study finite temperature effects on dilepton production from pion-pion annihilation in hot hadronic matter. The softening of the pion dispersion relation in a medium is found to enhance the production rate of dileptons with invariant masses in the region of 2m*π(T) < M < mρ. On the other hand, the reduction of the pion electromagnetic form factor at finite temperature leads to a suppression of the dilepton production rate. Including both effects, we have found that the dilepton yield is slightly enhanced in the invariant mass region M = 270 ∼ 600 MeV but is suppressed around the vector meson resonance. We further discuss the relevance of our results to recent experimental data from the S+Au collisions at CERN/SPS energies by the CERES Collaboration.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High-Energy Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1996 Jan 11|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics