2021 Impact factor 3.131
Hadrons and Nuclei
Eur. Phys. J. A 6, 415-420

Low-mass dileptons at the CERN-SpS: evidence for chiral restoration?

R. Rapp1 - J. Wambach2

1 Department of Physics and Astronomy, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800, USA
2 Institut für Kernphysik, TU Darmstadt, Schlossgartenstr. 9, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany

Received: 30 September 1999 Communicated by B. Povh

Using a rather complete description of the in-medium $\rho$ spectral function - being constrained by various independent experimental information - we calculate pertinent dilepton production rates from hot and dense hadronic matter. The strong broadening of the $\rho$ resonance entails a reminiscence to perturbative $q\bar q$ annihilation rates in the vicinity of the phase boundary. The application to dilepton observables in Pb(158AGeV)+Au collisions - incorporating recent information on the hadro-chemical composition at CERN-SpS energies - essentially supports the broadening scenario. Possible implications for the nature of chiral symmetry restoration are outlined.

12.40.Vv Vector-meson dominance - 21.65.+f Nuclear matter

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