Course Outline for Physics 880.05

II. D. Nucleus-Nucleus Collisions (Chs. 12,13) Part 2

In this period we look at a Glauber approach to nucleus-nucleus collisions in detail. The material corresponds to sections 12.2 and 12.3 in Wong's text.

Assumptions in Glauber Approach

Review: Definition of Cross Section

Basic Setup of the Glauber Approach

The general idea behind the Glauber approach can be stated in terms of figure 12.2 in Wong.

Thickness Function for Nucleon-Nucleon Scattering

Let's start with the last piece of information: The probability that two nucleons at a given separation, the impact parameter b_NN, will collide. [This is a vector in general, but only the magnitude matters for us.] We define the probability in terms of the "thickness function" t(b_NN).

Extension to Nucleus-Nucleus Scattering

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