5th International Symposium on Nuclear Symmetry Energy NuSYM15, June 29 - July 2, 2015 Kraków, POLAND

Andrzej Rybicki

Charged pion production and π+- ratios in Pb+Pb collisions at SPS energies

Andrzej Rybicki$^{(a)}$, Antoni Szczurek$^{(a,b)}$, Mariola Kłusek-Gawenda$^{(a)}$
$^{(a)}$ H. Niewodniczański Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland
$^{(b)}$ University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów, Poland

Precise experimental data on identified charged pion production have been obtained for peripheral Pb+Pb collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}=17.3$ GeV. These double differential data points cover a very wide range both in pion rapidity $y$ and in transverse momentum $p_T$, extending from the central "mid-rapidity" region up to and beyond beam rapidity. Specifically, the region corresponding to the fragmentation of the "spectator system" - the nuclear remnant surviving the collision - is also covered by the present measurement, starting from $p_T = 0$.

A conglomerate of different phenomena becomes apparent from this double differential study of charged pion ($\pi^+/\pi^-$) ratios. Strong Coulomb effects are evidently present near spectator rapidity, bringing new information on the space-time scenario of pion emission as demonstrated in our earlier works including also pion directed flow [1, 2]. What is more, $p_T$-integrated $\pi^+/\pi^-$ ratios deviate from simple predictions based on the $p/n$ content of the Pb nucleus [3] suggesting additional sources of pion emission presumably originating from the spectator system. To support this, a very steep peak in the rapidity dependence of the ratio of pion production in Pb+Pb with respect to p+p collisions, $\frac{Pb+Pb}{p+p}$, suggests a powerful amplification of pion production at spectator rapidity [4].

The aim of this talk is to discuss these experimental data in view of their possible application as a new source of information on the nuclear EoS and as a tool for testing the existing transport models. We also plan to address the future perspectives in view of our new research programme involving also the NA61/SHINE experiment at the CERN SPS.

[1} A. Rybicki, A. Szczurek, Phys. Rev. C 75 (2007) 054903.
[2] A. Rybicki and A. Szczurek, Phys. Rev. C 87 (2013) 054909.
[3] P. Pawłowski and A. Szczurek, Phys. Rev. C 70 (2004) 044908.
[4] A. Rybicki, A. Szczurek and M. Kłusek-Gawenda, Acta Phys. Polon. B 46 (2015) 3, 737.