The elusiveness of multifragmentation footprints in 1-GeV proton-nucleus reations
1 CEA, Centre de Saclay, IRFU/Service de Physique Nucléaire, F-91191, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
2 Fundamental Interactions in Physics and Astrophysics, University of Liège, allée du 6 août, bât. B5, B-4000, Liège 1, Belgium
We use the tools of hybrid intranuclear-cascade/nuclear-de-excitation models to evaluate the sensitivity of several physical observables to the inclusion of a multifragmentation stage in the deexcitation chain and assess the need for a multifragmentation model in the quantitative description of p + 56 Fe and p + 136 Xe reactions at 1-GeV incident energy. We seek clear signatures of multifragmentation by comparing different state-of-the-art de-excitation models coupled with intranuclear-cascade models and by focusing on discriminating observables such as correlations and fragment longitudinal-velocity distributions. None of the considered observables can be unambiguously interpreted as a multifragmentation footprint. The experimental data are best described as originating from sequential binary decays. However, no de-excitation model can reproduce the experimental longitudinal-volocity distributions from 1-GeV p + 136 Xe.
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