Spontaneous vacuum decay of supercritical nuclear composites

Johann Rafelski, Berndt Müller, Walter Greiner

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We show that in deep inelastic heavy ion collisions with Z1+Z2> 173 the spontaneous decay of the neutral vacuum by emission of positrons may be isolated from other competing positron producing processes. From the details of the spontaneous positron spectrum information about the nature (lifetime, shape and angular momentum) of the composite nuclear system may be derived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-52
Number of pages4
JournalZeitschrift für Physik A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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