Pair production and electron capture in relativistic heavy-ion collisions

R.J.S. Lee, J.V. Mullan, James McCann, Derrick Crothers

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Results are presented for simulations of electron-positron pair production in relativistic heavy-ion collisions leading to electron capture and positron ejection. We apply a two-center relativistic continuum distorted-wave model to represent the electron or positron dynamics during the collision process. The results are compared with experimental cross-section data for La57+ and Au79+ impact on gold, silver, and copper targets. The theory is in good agreement with experiment for La57+ impact, verifying the result that the process increases in importance with both collision energy and target atomic number, and improves upon previous simulations of this process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)062712
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review A
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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