PS06 High Energy Nuclear Physics
Strangeness production in heavy ion collisions at SPS energies
Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung, Darmstadt, Germany
Accepted: 1 February 2004
Published online: 26 February 2004
The NA49 collaboration has taken data of central Pb-Pb collisions at beam energies from 20 to 158 GeV per nucleon. The large acceptance of the detector allows to study particle yields in full phase space. In this paper we present recent results on strangeness production (K, Λ and φ) in this energy range and compare to measurements at lower and higher energies. The K+/π + and Λ/π ratio shows a pronounced maximum around 30 A⋅GeV, whereas the K–/π – and ratio exhibits a continuous rise. The φ/π ratio also increases monotonically with beam energy. First results on multi-strange hyperon production at lower SPS energies are presented.
© Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2004