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Hadrons and Nuclei
Eur. Phys. J. A 3, 381-387

Mass shift and width broadening of $\rho$-mesons produced in heavy ion collisions

V.L. Eletsky1,2 - B.L. Ioffe1 - J.I. Kapusta3

1 Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, B. Cheremushkinskaya 25, Moscow 117218, Russia
2 Institut für Theoretische Physik III, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany
3 School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Received: 28 July 1998 Communicated by F. Lenz

The mass shift $\Delta m_{\rho}$ and width broadening $\Delta\Gamma_{\rho}$ of $\rho$-mesons produced in heavy ion collisions is estimated using general formulae which relate the in-medium mass shift of a particle to the real part of the forward scattering amplitude ${\rm Re}
f(E)$ of this particle on constituents of the medium and $\Delta\Gamma$ to the corresponding cross section. It is found that the mass increases by some tens of MeV but, more importantly, the width becomes large, increasing by several hundred MeV at beam energies of a few GeV$\cdot$A and by twice that amount at beam energies of about a hundred GeV$\cdot$A.

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