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Wave Function Collapse During ρ0 Photoproduction in STAR
By Spencer Klein, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The phrase "relativistic heavy-ion collisions" usually brings to mind violent interactions and complex, 1000-particle final states. However, some RHIC collisions are the exact opposite - the colliding ions act as point sources of fields; the fields interact to produce a few-particle final state, leaving the relativistic nuclei intact. This happens at large impact parameters, where the nuclei do not interact hadronically; these are ultra-peripheral collisions (UPCs).  More...