Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Heavy ion collisions; Neutrino interactions;
The goal of this project was to produce a computer program to predict the cross section of relativistic heavy ion collisions between given projectile and target nuclei. An explanation of the usefulness of relativistic heavy ion collision analysis is presented. The use of the Weiszacker-Williams method of virtual quanta for enhancing reaction cross sections of this type is discussed. Quantum-mechanical corrections to the semiclassical Weiszacker-Williams method are introduced. C++ computer code has been developed to calculate both semiclassical (as a check) and quantum-mechanical cross sections for these types of reactions. Preliminary results are given for the heavy ion reaction (12C, 197Au), comparing the semiclassically generated and quantum mechanically generated cross sections with published values.
Date of Award
Department of Physics
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
1 PDF file (29 pages)
©1997 - Jack Dostal
Dostal, Jack, "Electromagnetic reaction cross sections in relativistic heavy ion collisions" (1997). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 50.