vendredi 26 février 2010 à 15:00
All dilepton experiments at SPS have observed an excess in dilepton production in heavy ion collisions both at low (M<1GeV) and intermediate (1<M<3 GeV) masses. NA60 experiment has recently performed a precise and high-statistics measurement of dimuon production in indium-indium collisions at 158A GeV. The analysis of these data confirms the excess and shows that at masses above 1 GeV it is dominated by the prompt dimuons. Furthermore, the transverse mass distribution of the intermediate mass excess is well described by an exponential function, with inverse slope, T_eff~190 MeV independent of mass. In contrary, at lower masses significantly higher T_eff is observed, rising there with mass up to 250 MeV due to the radial flow. These observations are consistent with emission of thermal dimuons: at low masses it is caused mostly by the pi-pi annihilation via medium-modified rho meson while above 1 GeV/c2 it is dominated by the partonic source.